The big 3 matchups for Week 6

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:16 PM ET

JUSTIN SMITH vs GIANTS’ INTERIOR O-LINE

New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on Friday called All-pro 49ers DT Justin Smith “a beast on the inside” who “does a good job” of holding OLs, yet never gets flagged for it and “gets away with murder.” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh sizzled, calling Gilbride’s comments “outrageous,” “irrational” and “absurd.” Smith faces Giants’ LG Kevin Boothe and C David Baas. Oh, and stay tuned for post-game coaches’ handshakes!

 

MICHAEL VICK vs. NDAMUKONG SUH

We’d say this one might resemble a dog chasing a car, but that analogy veers too close to these talented players’ legal troubles. Vick spent half the week at Eagles HQ gripping a football because, ya know, he’s 32 and he’s still getting used to holding onto the dang weirdly shaped ball. Of course, Suh and the Lions DL are hoping to pressure Mr. Butterfingers into his usual few coughups per game.

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS vs. LETDOWN

Such an incredible emotional high that the Colts rode to their improbable, heart-wrenching, last minute victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers often comes at a cost. That is, a huge letdown the following week. Actually, that could happen and the Colts still could beat the hapless, injury-ravaged New York Jets. Or, the Colts might continue playing above themselves to honour head coach Chuck Pagano, hospitalized with leukemia.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Quick-hit breakfast items to whet your Week 6 appetite:

 

-- Only one defensive tackle rates among the top 17 sackers in the NFL. That’s Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals, who has 6.0 through five weeks.

The next best DT sackers? Current Buffalo Bill Kyle Williams and former Buffalo Bill (cut at the end of camp, but quickly picked up by Carolina) Dwan Edwards, both with 3.5.

Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews continues to lead the league with 8.0 sacks. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt is second with 7.5.

 

-- Jacksonville Jaguars punter Bryan Anger is averaging 51.3 yards per punt!

And heaven knows he gets enough chances, what with the awful Jaguars offence sputtering all the time. Anger has punted 31 times.

The thing is, he’s not just knocking out low-liners. His net is 43.9 yards, meaning returners are averaging less than eight yards per runback.

-- We saw reports this week claiming Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t nearly the tackler he once was. Hmmm. He has 36 solos. Only Rams All-pro James Laurinaitis has more, with 38.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BIG NUMBER

31 -- Number of combined interceptions (13) and sacks (18) by the Chicago Bears defence. The next closest? Green Bay, with 23. Oakland is last, with 3.

 

 


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