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NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Here are 10 match-ups I can't wait to see from Week Two of the NFL season:

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas vs. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney

Freeney is one of the game's best pass rushers. He is explosive off the edge, but he can also bull rush a tackle. Thomas is one of the better tackles, but speed players can sometimes get the best of him. These two should be fun to watch all day long -- especially if it is loud, which will play to Freeney's speed.

Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo vs. Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown

Brown had a tough time last week against Carolina and still doesn't come close to resembling a top-10 pick, which he was. Orakpo now has help on the other side from rookie Ryan Kerrigan, which will mean fewer doubles. If the Cardinals single-block him, it could be trouble for Brown. Orakpo has been bothered by an ankle injury this week, but he expects to play.

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith vs. Green Bay corners

Smith had a huge game last week against the Cardinals secondary. The Packers are significantly better on the back end than Arizona. Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields form the best corner threesome in the league.  That will make for tough going for Smith. If the Packers single him, as good as they are, they will be playing with fire. Williams has a sore shoulder and hasn't practiced, but there is a chance he can play.

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters vs. Falcons right defensive end John Abraham

Abraham had a sack last week against J'Marcus Webb of the Bears and he's usually even better at home in front of loud crowd. Peters was solid last week against the Rams, but Abraham is a step up in competition. If the Falcons get a lead, and Abraham can pin his ears back and go, this could be a bad matchup for the Eagles.

Titans center C Eugene Amano vs. Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody

The Titans got little push inside last week against the Jaguars. Amano isn't over-powering at the point of attack, which could be a big problem against Cody. He was fantastic last week against Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. He pushed him into the backfield a couple of time. If the Titans want to get Chris Johnson going, Amano has to do a good job on Cody.

Patriots tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski vs. Chargers safeties Bob Sanders and Eric Weddle

The Patriots tight ends destroyed Miami, catching 13 passes and two touchdowns Monday night. They did a lot of damage against the linebackers, but the Chargers have the cover safeties to handle them. I look for Sanders and Weddle to spend a lot of time on those two second-year tight ends. If they can take those two away from Tom Brady, force him to go to his receivers more, it should be a big help to the Chargers defense.

Bills offensive line vs. Raiders defensive front

The Bill front, which is a major concern this season, did a nice job against the Chiefs last week. They weren't dominant, but they held their own and gave Ryan Fitzpatrick time to throw. But this Raiders defensive line sacked Kyle Orton six times and dominated the Denver offensive line, which is a step above the Bills line.  This is the battle that will decide this game, not what happens outside.

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson vs. Dolphins corners 

Dolphins corners Sean Smith and Vontae Davis had a rough start to their season last Monday against the Patriots. They both got beat at times, and both had cramps. They had to live with Tom Brady throwing for 517 yards. Now they get the NFL's best receiver and another top-tier passing game. I would imagine Smith, who is bigger, might spend more time on Johnson than Davis. They can only hope to contain Johnson. They won't stop him.

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers vs. Saints LT Jermon Bushrod

Peppers is one of the top pass rushers in the game. But he also can hold up against the run. If the Saints are to get the run game going, Bushrod has to win against Peppers. But even more importantly, Bushrod has to handle him in pass protection. Drew Brees is good getting the ball out, which will help neutralize Peppers some, but I was there when DeMarcus Ware worked over Bushrod a couple of years ago. Peppers has that same type of ability.

49ers center Jonathan Goodwin vs. Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff

You know the 49ers want to run the football with Frank Gore. Goodwin is a good center the 49ers added in free agency. He will be matched against Ratliff, a smaller nose tackle who is quick at the point of attack. Goodwin has to handle Ratliff to allow the guards to get out on the Cowboys linebackers if Gore is going to run the football.

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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:01 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Cromartie is extremely overrated as a cover corner. Best CBs in league are Packers, easily



Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:53 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

I would agree that Philly has the 3 best corners in the league.  I, myself, would refrain from calling anyone an idiot because they believe otherwise.  I don't think the Packers are even second best.  The Jets hold that spot in my opinion, for what it's worth.  I've noticed people get real nasty on these boards....can't they weed out the ones who are continually abusive/illogical?  Is that what the reputation/level business is about? 



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:05 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

i agree with most of your match ups, in particular joe thomas vs dwight freeney. should be a classic. I do however wonder why in the world you would consider charles woodson, tramon williams, and sam shields the best corner threesome in the game? Woodson is great, no arguement there. However, I think that Williams had a fluke year last year with 6 picks. And Sam Shields? A second year player who had one good game in the nfc championship last year..Samuel, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Asomugha are the best three corners on one team hands down, with all three being established athletes. Thats not to say that the Eagles have the best secondary, because their safeties are less than average.
You're exxagerating way to much in this post. And in fact, you are wrong. Woodson, Williams and Shields are the best corner 3-some in the league. Woodson is a great all around corner, williams is probably a top 3 cover corner and who are you to say that he had a fluke year? stupid comment which takes away from the credability of your post. Did you happen to see the 3 of them in the playoffs? the jets have the best corner tandem in the league, asantes old and nnamdi isnt as good as revis. yeah we'll see ya



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:19 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

nnamdi all day



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:53 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

i agree with most of your match ups, in particular joe thomas vs dwight freeney. should be a classic. I do however wonder why in the world you would consider charles woodson, tramon williams, and sam shields the best corner threesome in the game? Woodson is great, no arguement there. However, I think that Williams had a fluke year last year with 6 picks. And Sam Shields? A second year player who had one good game in the nfc championship last year..Samuel, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Asomugha are the best three corners on one team hands down, with all three being established athletes. Thats not to say that the Eagles have the best secondary, because their safeties are less than average. 




Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:42 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

nmandi vs roddy white



Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:51 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

nammdi, asante, dominique are better than shields,woodson, williams



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 2:08 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

"The Chargers safeties are not going to be on man coverage with the tightends of the Patriots.  Those tightends like to run some deep middle patterns and when they get there Bob Sanders and Eric Weddle will be around to help out."

Isnt that exactly what Prisco said? You critisize him for not knowing what hes talking about and then you repeat almost vergatim what the man said? You, my friend are the idiot. Sanders and Weddell ARE the safeties, so what do you mean when you say they arent going to have the safeties covering the tight ends?



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 4:42 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Almost every time somoene say Prisco has no clue, Monday comes around and it's revealed he had more of a clue than you.  No one ever posts when he's right.  Hope dude's getting paid cuz on the boards he CAN'T WIN!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:39 pm
 

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

offensive line vs. defensive front

The Bill front, which is a major concern this season, did a nice job against the last week. They weren't dominant, but they held their own and gave time to throw. But this Raiders defensive line sacked six times and dominated the Denver offensive line, which is a step above the Bills line.  This is the battle that will decide this game, not what happens outside.

You hit the nail on the head here Prisco. This game will be won and lost in the trenches.



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