In my offering this morning, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and offensive tackle Breno Giacomini discuss how the Seahawks will go about containing Green Bay pass-rush specialist Clay Matthews.
The USC product Carroll coached while with the Trojans has a league-leading six sacks, and presents problems for offense because of his high motor.
Carroll said that Seattle will use a number of options to slow Matthews down, including keeping a tight end in to block, sliding the protection to Matthews’ side, and using a running back to chip the explosive pass rusher before going out on a passing route.
“You’ve just got to finish to the whistle,” Giacomini said. “That’s the thing with him. If you’ve seen a lot of his sacks, they’re just effort sacks. He just doesn’t stop. And I respect that. He’s a good player, and you’ve just got to keep playing with him, keep fighting him.”
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com says that Seattle’s defense is emerging as one of the league’s elite defenses. Brooks does a nice job of explaining the principles behind Seattle’s “over” and “under” fronts, using screen grabs from the All-22 film in Seahawks games against Arizona and Dallas.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at the close bond between safety Earl Thomas and new cornerback Danny Gorrer.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that Seattle’s running game, led by Marshawn Lynch, has kicked into high gear. Lynch has rushed for at least 100 yards in seven of his last 11 games.
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. breaks down the Seahawks-Packers matchup. Horton likes Seattle 23-17. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Willie McGinest of the NFL Network ranks Seattle among his top five NFL defense in this video link.
Brian Baldinger, Shannon Sharpe and Donovan McNabb of NFL Network’s playbook preview the Seahawks-Packers contest in this video link.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports notes that Marshawn Lynch is shooting for his seventh straight home game with at least 100 rushing yards.
Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the Packers are hopeful that receiver Greg Jennings will play on Monday after being a limited participant in practice on Friday. Jennings is dealing with a groin injury.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 0-4 in Monday night games on the road.
ESPN’s John Clayton notes in his 1st and 10 that the NFC is 7-1 against the AFC this season, asserting its dominance early in 2012.