Tag:Tamba Hali
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:51 pm

Week 17 Matchups: Packers O-line vs. Suh

Packers interior offensive line vs. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh -- The last time they played, Suh stomped on guard Evan Dietrich-Smith to earn a two-game suspension. In the first meeting last season, the Packers said Suh punched center Scott Wells on the final play (a kneel down) at the end of the game. That makes this worth watching all day long. 

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins vs. Ravens guard Marshal Yanda -- Atkins should be in the Pro Bowl. Yanda is going to Hawaii. The last time these two met, Atkins got the best of him. He made some impressive plays against Yanda. Atkins is quick and strong, while Yanda is powerful. Should be an all-day battle.

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul vs. Cowboys left tackle Doug Free -- Pierre-Paul is having his breakout season and had a sack in the last meeting between these teams. Free has struggled the past month, so this could be where the Giants get a huge edge. If Pierre-Paul can force a fumble or two, the Giants will win this game and the NFC East.

Jaguars tackle Eugene Monroe vs. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney -- Monroe has quietly had a good season. He has held up well in pass protection, one of the few on the Jaguars line who has. Freeney hasn't been his usual dominant self, but he can still be an explosive edge rusher. Monroe has to keep Freeney off Blaine Gabbert if the Jaguars are to have any chance to move the football through the air. Freeney could be the player that ruins the Colts' chances to get Andrew Luck.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson vs. Packers corner Tramon Williams -- In the first meeting, Williams did a great job shutting down Johnson in man coverage. Do the Packers play it that way again? Johnson has seen a lot of doubles the past month, but Green Bay has the confidence in Williams he can get the job done in man coverage.

Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter vs. Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake -- Hunter has been a season-long liability for the Jets offense. He has had problems with speed rushers. Wake happens to be one of those. Wake will force the Jets to help some. If Hunter is one-on-one, Wake will destroy him.

Bengals receiver A.J. Green vs. Ravens corners Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb -- Green didn't play in the first meeting between the teams because of a knee injury. But he is back healthy, which will cause problems for the Baltimore secondary. Smith and Webb are coming off a good game last week at Cleveland and Webb has had a Pro Bowl-type of season. They have to contain Green.

Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali vs. Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady ---Hali is an elite pass rusher who plays with a relentless style. Clady was an elite left tackle in 2009, but he's still battling to get there after a 2010 knee injury. He has played better this season than last. I would also expect the Chiefs to put Hali over rookie right tackle Orlando Franklin in some situations.

Texans outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed vs. Titans tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart -- Barwin and Reed have impressed as pass rushers since Mario Williams went down for the season. Roos and Stewart are one of the best tackle tandems in the league. The Titans have to keep those pass rushers off Matt Hasselbeck here. With the Texans locked into the third seed, the only issue is how much they will play.

Cowboys receivers Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Laurent Robinson vs. Giants corners Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Prince Amukamara -- The last time they played, the Cowboys got two long touchdown passes and should have had another late but Tony Romo missed a wide-open Austin. The Giants blew a lot of coverages in that game. They have to be better, even with Romo having the injured hand.

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