Tag:John Abraham
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:07 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 5:07 pm

Playoff Matchups: Bailey vs. Steelers WRs

Broncos corner Champ Bailey vs. Steelers receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown -- Wallace and Brown can fly. Both have big-play ability. But Bailey is one of the best man-cover players in the NFL. Who does he take? I would imagine he would be on Wallace, but he might also spend some time on Brown. This is a battle between a smart veteran corner and two young speedy receivers.

Saints guards Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans vs. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh  -- Evans has already come out and said Suh does some dirty things on the field. That should stoke this fire a bit. Green Bay's Josh Sitton dominated Suh last week and these two guards are in that class. Suh didn't play in the first meeting when he served a suspension, so this should be fun. To get pressure on Drew Brees, it has to come up the middle since Brees he gets the ball out so fast. That means Suh.

Giants left tackle David Diehl vs. Falcons defensive end John Abraham -- Diehl has struggled at times this season, while Abraham has come on lately. He was bothered by a groin injury earlier this season, but he's healthy now. And it's showing up. The Falcons have moved Abraham around some, so he will line up opposite Kareem McKenzie some, but I imagine he will be over Diehl a bunch.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow vs. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau -- The Steelers coordinator is one of the best ever. He has a way of devising schemes to stop different offenses. I expect him to come up with a good one to force Tebow to throw the football. The Steelers will likely play a lot of man coverage and drop Troy Polamalu down in the box. That will force Tebow to throw it. Can he? 

Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo vs. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul -- Clabo is a classic self-made player, a mauler who pushes the envelope when it comes to dirty play. Pierre-Paul is an athletic freak who was my pick as the Defensive Player of the Year. Does the mauler win? Or does the special athlete win? This will be fun to watch.

Saints defensive end Will Smith vs. Lions left tackle Jeff Backus -- Smith is the Saints best pass rusher, while Backus is a veteran tackle who has to protect Matt Stafford's backside. Smith isn't as explosive as he once was, but he can still get after the passer. Backus has had trouble with good ends at times this season.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson vs. Saints corners Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter  -- How do you stop Johnson? You don't. You just try and contain him. Green and Porter are good cover players, but I would think the Saints will give them help over the top. The Saints limited him to six catches and 69 yards in the first meeting. Earlier this season, Green Bay's Tramon Williams did a good job on Johnson but he got the better of the Packers last week. This is big challenge for the Saints corners. Johnson has been on fire.

Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison vs. Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady -- Clady is a good left tackle who has improved as the season moved along, looking more like the 2009 Clady. Harrison is back after missing time with the broken orbital bone and remains a top-level pass rusher. He seems to really excel in the playoffs. Look for Harrison to set the edge to keep Tebow from getting outside the pocket.

Broncos center J.D. Walton vs. Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton -- If the Broncos want to get their spread-option going, they have to handle Hampton. That means Walton has to get inside push to allow the guards to get out on the inside linebackers. Walton had a tough go of it last week against the Chiefs, which is why Denver didn't run it as well. He has to play better here.

Bengals receiver A.J. Green vs. Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph -- Joseph gets a chance to face his former team for the second time this season. The first time, the Texans held Green to five catches for 59 yards as Joseph did a nice job on him.  I would imagine the Texans would put Joseph on Green a lot again in man coverage. Green has a size advantage, so that could play out in the Red Zone.

Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:24 pm

Week 16 Matchups: Hunter vs. Pierre-Paul

Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter vs. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul  -- Hunter has had a rough season, and really struggled last week against the Eagles. Pierre-Paul is playing at a Pro Bowl level and is an all-day player. Hunter will get help, and he will need it.

Falcons defensive end John Abraham vs. Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod -- Abraham is coming off a three-sack game last week against Jacksonville. He played both the left and right side. But he should be opposite Bushrod here for most of the game. Bushrod is coming off a good game against Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.With Abraham healthy again, Bushrod has to come up big for Drew Brees.

Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks vs. Jets corner Darrelle Revis -- Some Giants players have talked that Revis Island doesn't really worry them. We'll see. Revis is a top-level corner, but he has been beat at times. Nicks is an explosive player who is coming off a game filled with drops, including a sure touchdown. Even so, he is capable of a 100-yard game against anybody, even Revis.

Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell vs. Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth -- Whitworth is one of the league's better tackles, while Campbell has quietly had a Pro Bowl season. He has been a force. Campbell isn't a speed rusher, so this will be about force. Get ready for a physical battle.

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers vs. Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse -- Tamba Hali abused Newhouse last week in the Packers loss to the Chiefs. Peppers is a different type of player than Hali, but he is still a tough challenge in pass protection. If Peppers is constantly beating Newhouse, Aaron Rodgers could have problems throwing the football.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson vs. Chargers corners Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer -- Johnson lit up the Raiders last week for over 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The Chargers have had trouble with slowing down receivers at times this season, but they've been better the past month. Look for the Chargers to double Johnson, but even that might not be enough the way he's playing.

Patriots right tackle Nate Solder vs. Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake -- In the opening game of the season, Solder, a rookie from Colorado, held Wake to one sack in the Patriots victory. Solder did a nice job on Von Miller last week and will start again this week for the injured Sebastian Vollmer. Wake started slow this season, but has looked more like he did in 2010 the second half of the season.

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey vs. Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork -- The Patriots move Wilfork around some, but there will be a lot of instances when he's nose up on Pouncey, a rising star as a rookie. Pouncey was a force last week against the Bills. If Reggie Bush is to have success running it this week, Pouncey will have to play big against Wilfork or Kyle Love, whoever is on his nose.

Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer vs. Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali -- Veldheer is coming off a great game against Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosh, while Hali dominated Newhouse with three sacks. Veldheer held Hali without a sack in the first meeting between the teams.

Eagles center Jason Kelce vs. Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff -- If LeSean McCoy is to have success running the football Kelce has to handle Ratliff, who is having a good season after a so-so season in 2010. Kelce, a rookie starter, has had problems at times handling players on his nose.

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