Posted by Mike Wendt on November 17, 2010 Jump To Comments
We’re just over halfway through the NFL season, and for the second year in a row a Packer is the leading candidate for Defensive MVP. The best thing about having a player in contention for the MVP award is the five or six plays you see every Sunday that makes you say “Wow, that guy is a beast!” Last year it was Chuck Woodson, who baited opposing QB’s into throwing towards him and then made it hurt when they did in the form of interceptions, forced fumbles and pick-sixes.
But this year Green Bay fans have been treated to another player who is memorizing to watch. Clay “The Claymaker” Matthews has been giving opposing defenses headaches all year, and he had the chance to showcase his talents on primetime TV last Sunday against the Cowboys. I was at the game, which I wrote about last week, and I forgot to mention how cool it is to watch one player for an entire defensive series. When you watch on television oftentimes you can’t see the linebackers as the camera focuses on the offensive side of the ball, but when you’re at the stadium you can watch the linebackers and secondary react to each play. Let me tell you something, Matthews is hands down the most exciting defensive player to watch in the league. (By the way, I wanted to say he’s the most exciting player to watch on both sides of the ball, but anyone who watched the Philly-Skins game yesterday would tell you that Mike Vick 2.0 is on another level than anyone else in the league). But back to Matthews, the highlight of my night was the third and one early in the first quarter. You can see the play at the 52 second mark on this video, but I recommend watching the whole thing because Matthews the audio is awesome. That play was my favorite play of the season, because normally when a team gets stopped on a 3rd or 4th and 1 the running back just runs into a brick wall. In this case, Marion Barber ran into a brick wall coming at him at 200 miles an hour. Frickin’ Sweet.
Matthews doesn’t get the award on looks alone though. He has a league leading 10.5 sacks to go along with 28 tackles, a forced fumble and a pick-six. According to STATS Inc, Matthews is second in the league behind Kansas City’s Tamba Hali in quarterback knockdowns and hurries (a QB hurry is when a QB has to throw before he wants to because of pressure). Hali has 27 KD+H’s, Matthews has 26.5.
So this weekend when the Packers take on the old geezer, watch Matthews whenever he is on the TV screen. He’s going to make Favre wish he stayed retired.
Think Matthews is the NFC Defensive Player of the Year? What about NFC MVP? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org