Week 16 matchups to watch: Can Texans slow Adrian Peterson?
Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing, but the Texans have the fifth-ranked run defense.
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz vs. Baltimore Ravens CB Corey Graham : Cruz has been doubled a lot this season, which has slowed him some. But if Graham plays him man-up this week, look for the Giants to go there a lot. Cruz has to have a big game. If Graham gets the better of him, the Ravens will win.
San Francisco 49ers OLB Aldon Smith vs. Seattle Seahawks LT Russell Okung : Smith might not have Justin Smith next to him, so he could be forced to do even more. Justin Smith really helps free up Aldon Smith for sacks. Okung is a good left tackle. It will be interesting to see how well Aldon plays without Justin.
49ers C Jonathan Goodwin vs. Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane : When they met the last time, Goodwin got the better of Mebane. Does it happen again? Goodwin's play has tailed off some since then, but if the 49ers are going to run against Seattle he has to handle Mebane.
Vikings DE Jared Allen vs. Texans LT Duane Brown : Brown is the best left tackle in the league. Allen is always a pass-rush handful. This should be a classic case of pass rusher vs. pass protector. Can Brown keep Matt Schaub clean?
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul vs. Ravens T Kelechi Osemele : Pierre-Paul has just 6½ sacks, which is a way lower total than expected. But he is getting pressure and he's playing the run well. Osemele has struggled at times as a rookie. But he has tools. This could be a big game for him if he can handle Pierre-Paul.
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant vs. New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer : Bryant has had a big second half to the season and will be a big part of what Tony Romo wants to do. Greer did a nice job last week against Tampa Bay with two picks. I expect to see him a bunch on Bryant.
Seahawks CB Richard Sherman vs. 49ers WR Michael Crabtree : Sherman is the NFL's best corner this season. But he gave up a few plays to Stevie Johnson last week. Crabtree doesn't have great speed, but he is physical and can run after the catch. They will get after each other.
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