Breaking Down 2 of the NFL’s Biggest Matchup Nightmares

May 21, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

One of the lasting images from the past few seasons is Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson standing at the line of scrimmage and being covered by two New Orleans Saints defenders.
It was only the second quarter and the Saints had a 17-point lead at that point in the game. It was simply a startling image.
How many wide receivers, a position that's regularly viewed by the NFL's best teams as disposable and easily replaced, can say they were literally double covered to the point where they couldn't get off the line of scrimmage at such an early point in a game?
Incredible, absolutely incredible. Johnson is the NFL's ultimate matchup nightmare on the offensive side of the ball. On the opposite side of the line of scrimmage, it's DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys.
Ware, the longtime defensive end and outside linebacker, is a pass-rushing menace who terrorizes offensive linemen and quarterbacks on a regular basis. He's had at least 11 sacks in seven of the last e...

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