When the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants suit up in two days, both teams should be fielding impressive defensive fronts with excellent pass-rushing abilities. For the Giants, their defensive end tandem is one of the better pairs in the NFL on paper, and one of the highest-paid as well. The Packers, meanwhile, have quite the rotation at outside linebacker in addition to a disruptive force on the interior of the line.
Perhaps most important for Green Bay's ability to rush quarterback Eli Manning is the fact that the rotation is back to full strength, at least in terms of the availability of all of the players who contribute there. With Clay Matthews and Datone Jones expected back from injury and the Giants likely to be missing a starting offensive tackle, that linebacking corps should be able to wreak havoc on New York's backfield - which should in turn help out a secondary that has struggled over the past two games.
Oh, and don't forget about all the ridiculousness surrounding Odell Beckham Jr. He continues to make waves in the lead-up to this game, even though he has stayed quiet this week; instead, it is a vocal Packers defender and Beckham's own offensive coordinator discussing his outbursts in some of today's Cheese Curds.
Bakhtiari-Vernon rematch comes at new stage of each's career | Packers.com
The last time David Bakhtiari and Olivier Vernon met, it was on a hot day in Miami two years ago. Now, each player has earned a big new contract. Meanwhile, the Bryan Bulaga-Jason Pierre-Paul battle should be a good one to watch on the other side as well.
Packers LB Clay Matthews more susceptible to injuries at natural spot - ESPN
As Rob Demovsky notes, Matthews did not miss any time when he played on the inside, but he was out for the game against the Lions two weeks ago. He described one of his injuries as one that he can deal with if the pain isn't too bad, but the other (likely the hamstring) could keep him out entirely if he's not careful.
Matthews eager to team up with Perry | Packersnews.com
If Clay does indeed play, he will be teaming up with Nick Perry and Mike Daniels, both of whom have been terrorizing opposing backfields all season long. Clay joked that he would be okay if the Giants decided to double-team Perry instead of him as that would open up more opportunities for the seven-year veteran.
Mike Daniels has same plan for OBJ: 'I try to get under everybody's skin' - ESPN
Sure, Daniels will try to mess with Beckham and throw him off his game. But he's not treating the Giant receiver any differently than he would any other player - that's just Daniels' style.
Giants OC: DBs 'not confident enough' to cover Odell - NFL.com
And then there's this ridiculous rant from the Giants' offensive coordinator. He actually asked "why does (a cornerback) want to tip the scales" to his advantage? The better question is why would one NFL coach not expect another to attempt to exploit opponents' every weakness, whether physical or mental?