Julius Peppers and Dontari Poe are splitting the Hoss of the Week award. Sorry folks, couldn’t find a way to choose between these two guys, so I decided to split the pig … so to speak.
One of my first forays into sports blogging was a post years ago about Peppers. I felt then, and still do, that he has always been a better left defensive end, which is where he started off at in the NFL, but once he got paid it seemed as if his coaches decided he had to play right defensive end because it’s the “money” pass rusher spot. And hey, I get it folks want to see the high-priced right end versus the high-priced left tackle with the theme from Clash of The Titans playing in the background. Personally, I’m more about exploiting matchups, damn all that “best against best” just for the sake of it bullshit.
Having said that, it’s not like he was some slappy at right defensive end; after all, he currently owns the third highest career sack total out of all active players with well over 100, many of which came from the right side. However, I do think that if had he stayed at left end his whole career, his sack numbers would be even sicker than they already are.
Green Bay Packers vs. CHICAGO BEARS (+1): The Bears actually opened as favorites, but the line quickly swung to the Packers. This is an interesting game because while Green Bay has struggled out of the gates, they have a strong history against the Bears at Soldier Field. The Packers are 6-1 against the spread and 5-1 straight up in their recent history playing at Chicago. I’ll follow that trend, with the Packers offense showing some rejuvenation.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS vs. Tennessee Titans (+7.5): The Colts at home are generally a solid option, but add in their defense getting a shot at Clipboard Jesus? Charlie Whitehurst is making the start in place of an injured Jake Locker. That does present some mystery to the Colts defense, but this is a guy with a career completion percentage of 54.2 percent. The last time he started a game was 2011. I suppose he could surprise us all, but I’m willing to bet against that.