Packers talking up Matthews

MIKE RUTSEY, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 PM ET

So much for the sophomore jinx for Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews.

Last year in his rookie campaign Matthews received rave reviews for his overall play and led the team in sacks with 10.

Now the talk in Green Bay is whether or not Matthews has a shot at breaking the NFL sack record of 221/2 set by the Giants’ Michael Strahan.

After the opening two games, Matthews has recorded six sacks, three in the opener against Philadelphia and three last Sunday against the Bills. That makes him the first player in franchise history to log three sacks in back-to-back games.

He has been a one-man wrecking crew.

No doubt the former Trojan will be gunning for more when the Packers travel to Chicago to face the Bears Monday night.

“He’s almost unblockable,” Packers defensive end Ryan Pickett said of his teammate. “What he’s doing is off the charts.”

He certainly left an impression on Bills head coach Chan Gailey.

“We tried to keep an extra guy over there as much as we could, but it didn’t work out,” Gailey said. “He’s a great player.”

Thanks to Matthews play, the Packers lead the NFL with 10 sacks. Overall their defence ranks third and has given up an average of 253 yards per game.

When opposing teams try to double team him, it just opens things up for the other pass rushers.

“If I can take away two blocks, that leaves someone else free,” Matthews said. “It’s only going to benefit our defence. I feel confident in the other players, especially on the front line, if they’re doubling, to make a play.”

And so far, nobody’s made more plays than Matthews.


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