The New York Giants head across the country to face off in a rematch of the NFC Championship game. Here are the matchups:
The Smiths: Aldon Smith & Justin Smith vs. Giants’ offensive line:
After a 200 yard, 0 sack performance how will the Giants offensive line hold up against a premiere defense? This is a perfect chance for the Giants offensive line to prove that they’re not leaky and they’re in fact, a solid offensive line. Last year Manning got killed, getting sacked six times and hit 12 times. Will it happen again?
LT Joe Staley vs Jason Pierre-Paul
If there’s a time for Pierre-Paul to get it going, today’s the day. Pierre-Paul, who has 16.5 sacks last year, is going to be chipped by tight ends and running backs all day. The question is, can he keep fighting and get to the QB and make a play?
LB Keith Rivers & Jaquan Williams vs TE Vernon Davis
These two speedy LB’s who play the third safety role will be tasked with stopping one of the NFL’s most explosive tight ends. Rivers, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury looks to show he can be a weapon for the Giants moving forward. With the loss of DT Rocky Bernard, you might see both these guys on the field with LB Mathias Kiwanuka playing some line.
Gabbers: What are your key matchups?