Now that he is playing outside linebacker for the Packers, Peppers finds himself rushing from the left side quite a bit because they already have Clay Matthews who tends to rush from the right. Peppers play as a linebacker so far has been a mixed bag, except for when he’s pass rushing. As a pass rusher he is still torching fools, and Sunday against the Lions was a prime example.
I’ll concede the fact that he was rushing against a backup right tackle Corneilius Lucas, a rookie, but that’s not Peppers’ fault. The Lions really ought to be ashamed of themselves leaving that kid on an island like that all game. Pep gave him the business and had Matt Stafford running for his life and getting rid of the ball much earlier than he would’ve liked. Literally almost everything Pep tried to do worked, and thankfully, he didn’t try to get to fancy. He just kept pressing the edge with different moves and kept right on winning.
They had the nerve to bench Lucas for a series in favor of veteran Garrett Reynolds. I’m going to let you guess what Peppers did to Reynolds.
New York’s offensive resurgence last week was in large part to an excellent performance from the offensive line. New York averaged 4.6 yards per carry, racking up 193 yards and earning a plus-7.2 grade from Pro Football Focus. While impressive, the Giants will have to prove it’s a repeatable performance.
Although the Texans have J.J. Watt to anchor the defensive line, Houston hasn’t exactly been a dominant run defense this season. In fact, New York’s production was actually significantly down from what opponents racked up against Houston during the first two weeks. Oakland and Washington combined to average 5.8 yards per carry against Houston which is currently No. 30 in yards per carry allowed.
Washington has been one of the top run defenses, allowing 2.8 YPC, tied for the best mark in the league. If the Giants can win the line of scrimmage and run the ball this week, it could be a sign the offense is really headed in the right direction.