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Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:38 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 12:51 pm

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers vs. Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer -- Veldheer is coming off an impressive game against Jared Allen, holding him without a sack and to just two tackles.  Now he gets Peppers. What a two-game workload. This should be a real treat. Peppers also can play the run. If Oakland is to get the running game going, Veldheer has to handle him.

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney vs. Panthers tackle Jordan Gross --Freeney is considered one of the game's best speed rushers, but he hasn't put up the sack numbers this season with the Colts rarely playing with the lead. Gross is a top-level pass protector who helps make the Panthers offense go. Gross can't let Freeney get it going. Then again, that would mean the Colts would likely have the lead, which they haven't had much this season.

Giants defensive ends vs. Saints tackles -- We've seen the Saints tackles struggle -- see St. Louis -- and it really impacted the offense. The Giants defensive line didn't do much last week against the Eagles, but with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, they're capable of really getting after it. That will put a lot of pressure on Jermon Bushrod and Zach Strief to protect Drew Brees.

Bengals receiver A.J. Green vs. Browns cornerback Joe Haden -- These two faced off in college when Green was at Georgia and Haden at Florida. Green is coming back after missing last week with a leg injury. Haden played a lot of man last week against the Jaguars and was hit with two pass-interference penalties. But he has had a good season and he should spend the day on Green.

Steelers receiver Mike Wallace vs. Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers -- Flowers has battled back after a slow start to have a good season. That doesn't mean he won't be beat, but he plays a lot of man coverage. That's risky against Wallace, who can fly. He might be the fastest receiver in the NFL. One mistake and it will be a 70-yard touchdown.

Eagles defensive end Jason Babin vs. Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer -- Vollmer had big problems early last week with Tamba Hali of the Chiefs. Babin might not be as explosive as Hali, but he is a relentless player who doesn't quit. He will be there all day long.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski vs. Eagles safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen -- Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in the game. He has 10 touchdown catches and present big problems for smaller safeties, but is too fast for linebackers. Coleman isn't great in coverage, but Allen is pretty good. If Coleman gets matched up on Gronkowski, it could be trouble for the Eagles.

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Tags: NFL Week 12

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:33 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

@ pmrthreepeat Peppers went to the University of North Carolina... Maybe think before you speak? He is in no way stupid

Since: Mar 3, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:44 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

I would like to have not only the game matchup between Peppers and Veldheer...(which should be very good) but then have a academic decathalon between the two. Veldheer got very good grades at a very well respected constitutional 
college while Peppers looks like he would have a hard time spelling his own name.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:29 am

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

Suh vs Goodell will be the most interesting matchup.

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:29 am

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

Grodgowski will be a HOF,...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:32 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

BackNBlack, and Von Miller; and Merriman and Dareus; and Andre Carter, who's since proven to be a very impressive pass rusher.

Yes, Veldheer has played outstanding ball this year, as has the majority of the offensive line. Yes, his "short arms" and lack of experience in game speed coming from Division II Hillsdale.

I guess opening his own strength & conditioning facility back in Michigan and becoming a professional trainer had a lot to do with it; along with his natural athleticism, speed, strength, and ability.

Another good later-round find by the dearly departed Al.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:29 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

Palmer isn't a scrambler, but he isn't immobile either. He's no statue; in fact his TD to Denarius Moore in the Chargers game was a clear example of him avoiding the rush by sliding his feet to give himself room.

He's no more "immobile" than Brady, Brees, Manning, or anyone else that slides in the pocket and knows how to play the position.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:39 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

I'm a bears fan so this might sound biased but I truly think Peppers is a little better than Allen. Allen is a great DE and def. top 3 in my opinion, but Peppers isn't even 100% and you can't really tell. Even if Peppers was still in Carolina I would still think he is better, Peppers can line up on either side and still be just as efffective. So the bears might be doing a lot of that to find a edge with him. I can see him having a big day against a immobile Carson Palmer. Every analyst has been hating on the bears and picking against them for weeks, and pretty much think this game is in the bags just because Cutler is out. I heard an ESPN analyst today talk about how many yards the bears D gives up a game, yes they give up a lot but what he failed to mention was the amount of turnovers they get. Their scheme will give up yards but they are 2nd most in turnovers I believe and that kills. I'll give up 300 yards a game with 3 turnovers all day. I hate analysts that pick on one stat to make their "professional prediction" what a joke.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:14 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Veldheer

Veldeer needs some pro bowl love.  Yes, he "handled" Jared Allen, but no one mentions he also handled T. Hali and E. Dumerville.  The kid is legit at both pass protection and running the ball.  And this, with "short arms."  

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:18 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Cherilus vs. Matthews

panthers defensive end?

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:57 pm

Week 12 Matchups to watch: Cherilus vs. Matthews

Former Panther's defensive end, right game though.

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