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Week 14 matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Clady

Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers vs. Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady -- This is a battle of two of the better players at their positions. Peppers has to be contained for the Broncos to run their option offense. Clady is a good player who has played well the past month, more like the Pro Bowl player we saw in 2009. These two will get after it.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis vs. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe -- Even though the Chiefs passing game is struggling with Tyler Palko, Bowe is still the top threat. I imagine the Jets will throw Revis on him to try and take him away and put more pressure on Palko to go somewhere else. Revis Island has a new visitor.

Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake vs. Eagles right tackle Todd Herremans -- Wake has played much better in the last six weeks, showing his explosive speed. Herremans is a grinder, a former guard who was moved to tackle this season. He has to be able to handle Wake if Mike Vick is going to make plays down the field against an improved Dolphins secondary.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen vs. Lions left tackle Jeff Backus -- Backus had a good game last week against Will Smith of the Saints, while Allen was quiet against the Broncos. These two know each other well, having faced each other a bunch, so that makes this even more intriguing.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson vs. Vikings corners Cedric Griffin and Asher Allen -- The Vikings corners busted some coverages last week against the Broncos for big plays. They have to be better here against Johnson. I'm sure they will double him a lot, but these two have to be able to slow him down.

Falcons defensive end John Abraham vs. Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross -- Abraham is coming off a good game against Houston last week, getting a sack and several pressures. But Gross is a better player than Houston left tackle Duane Brown. If the Falcons are to contain Cam Newton, Abraham has to get pressure off the edge.

Falcons running back Michael Turner vs. Panthers run defense  -- Carolina has struggled all season to stop the run, and it will be even tougher this week since both starting tackles are out. Look for the Falcons to run Turner more this week to take advantage of that and keep Cam Newton off the field.

Cowboys tackles Doug Free and Tyron Smith vs. Giants ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck -- Free struggled last week against Arizona. Smith has played at a high level the past month. But this is a real test for those two. The Giants can get after the passer with these two and others. Pierre-Paul had a huge game last week against Green Bay, even if he didn't get a sack. The Cowboys tackles have to keep Tony Romo clean.

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins vs. Texans center Chris Myers and right guard Mike Brisiel -- Atkins can be a disruptive force against the run and the pass. He has had a Pro Bowl-like season. Myers has been one of the top centers in the league and is very good at getting his face across defensive tackles. Brisiel is a tough guy who is just OK.  Atkins' quickness could be the thing the Bengals need to disrupt the Texans' zone-blocking schemes.

Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali vs. Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter -- At times this season, Hunter has been really bad. He has trouble with speed rushers. Hali has dominated bad tackles this season -- see Chargers game -- and he should be able to do some damage here. The Jets have to contain him if Mark Sanchez is to have any success throwing the football.

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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Week 14 matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Clady

outside linebacker vs. right tackle -- Wake has played much better in the last six weeks, showing his explosive speed. Herremans is a grinder, a former guard who was moved to tackle this season. He has to be able to handle Wake if Mike Vick is going to make plays down the field against an improved Dolphins secondary.
I'm looking for anyone on the Eagles offensive line to block for Vick. How many unabated to the QB sacks are recorded is really what will determine if the Eagles have 5 guys that have contract envy for Vick, or whether they simply won't block for an ex-con & dog killer ? Last season Vick had outstanding stats, they blocked for him because he was getting paid far less. I think the Eagles should fine offensive linemen that do nothing to protect the QB.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Week 14 matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Clady

Tiger James 79. I know this is of subject but the helmet to helmet hits are way more dangerous then Suh stomping an arm, shoving Cutler from behind, or even shacking a QB like a baby. Never has he took anyone out of a game or left them lay hurt, helmet to helmet could actually paralize or even kill. I think Suh's punishment was nessasary to keep him from being mean to the other kids on the playground, but hits like McCoy took and Collie last year need to stop.




Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:57 am
 

Week 14 matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Clady

Johnny U was the man! I lived in the Baltimore area (Columbia) for nearly 30 years, but unfortunately arrived there in the late 70's, long after Johnny had retired. He was still a big man on the scene though, and instrumental in getting the Ravens in Baltimore. I did see several of the Ravens' games, including a couple during their Superbowl season, before moving from there a few years back. I also attended the final Orioles game at Memorial Stadium before their move to Camden Yards. Lots of good memories from my days in MD.




Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:25 am
 

Week 14 matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Clady

Hey Prisco, seeing how you're the man who people look to for the latest on how good teams are playing, how about stepping outside your comfort zone and talk about the NFL travesty of allowing James Harrison to continue to scramble brains and endanger offensive players lives? How about insisting the NFL outlaws the helmet as a weapon? How about insisting on multiple game suspensions or player bans?

I'd like to think Dave Duerson might appreciate this, especially after what he experienced later in life from all the times his brain did the monster mash.



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Week 14 matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Clady

Do some homework Prisco. Jared Allen was quiet? Yeah if you consider a safety, a sack, and a forced fumble that he recovered in the final minute of the first half quiet (Tebow's first turnover). That fumble led to a FG so by count he directly accounted for at least 5 points. I pray to the football Gods that he is even more quiet this week. 




Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Week 14 matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Clady

Come on.  There's got be some Colts-Ravens matchup.  Anyway, I was in the stands watching John Unitas' last game in Baltimore as a Colt.  I'll be in the stands for Peyton Manning's potentially last game in Baltimore as a Colt - whether or not he's on the sidelines/booth.


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