Matthews explodes for Packers, with six sacks in two games

Reuters

Earlier this week, John Mullin of CSNChicago.com said on PFT Live that the Bears don’t have an offensive line problem but a left tackle problem.

They need a stronger word than “problem” after Thursday night, given that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews burned J’Marcus Webb and everyone else who tried to stop Matthews en route to 3.5 sacks on the night.

That’s 3.5 sacks.  In one game.  For a guy who had 6.0 in 16 games last season.

Throw in the 2.5 sacks Matthews had against the 49ers, and he already has 6.0 in 2012.

That puts him on pace for 48.0 sacks.

So maybe the Bears shouldn’t feel all that bad.  It looks like Matthews is ready to dominate anyone they put in front of him this year.

73 responses to “Matthews explodes for Packers, with six sacks in two games

  1. He’s a cross between rabid animal and machine. As a Lions fan with a better than average OL, I fear this guy, big time!!!

  2. There is no doubt Matthews is a monster. I thinks he ends up with about 22 sacks barring injury. My next question is How good are the Niners? After GB dominated Chicago last night and SF destroying GB, there is no doubt in my mind SF is the best team in the league .
    Sunday night SF blows out Detroit 38-13….you heard it hear first..

  3. I hate to diminish Clay Mathews in any way since he is a beast, but damn if Cutler didn’t give away sacks. The man has no idea how to get rid of the football. He holds onto it longer than any one else outside of Big Ben, but cant escape any pressure whatsoever. Eli, Brady, Rodgers, and Brees have played behind weak offensive lines, and dont give up the sack or INT totals cutler does. He may have a right at times to yell at his offensive line, but they too have a right to yell back….

  4. Isnt it amazing what a great defensive sackmaster can do when the offensive line doesnt know where he is going to be lined up on every play,last season he played mostly on the right side,now he plays left, right and middle and when Perry gets experience he will be even more dynamic.Da Bears are what we thought they were.

  5. I don’t think the Bears ran the ball enough. The Pack just pinned their ears back and ran around the Tackles. Cutler needs to hit his check downs more and plant his feet when throws but I’m just at home observing.

  6. I have never seen a guy look like he is on roids more than this guy…during the game he just didnt look quite normal.

  7. Why is it that when a player works as hard as he can in the weight room to be the best he can be people think he on steroids?if more players would work out that hard they would be better,stronger players and their teams would be better off for it.

  8. Nice game by the Packers “D”……And Chicago welcome back to the real world. That had to be one of the worst game plans in the modern history of the NFL. Lets try 7 step drop, long developing plays while GB blitzes on every play !! Did Lovie watch the GB/49ers game ??

    And then there’s Jay Cutler. Lots of talent, but a brainless blow-hard. Sorry this angry young man ain’t leading any team to a Super Bowl. Time to bring back Rex Grossman.

  9. He is definitely on the PEDs, no question in my mind. With that said, I really don’t care. Let them all use it. If they want to take that risk, then by all means, I will enjoy watching it.

  10. ninerhatersgetready4ring6
    Sep 14, 2012, 6:44 AM MDT
    There is no doubt Matthews is a monster. I thinks he ends up with about 22 sacks barring injury. My next question is How good are the Niners? After GB dominated Chicago last night and SF destroying GB, there is no doubt in my mind SF is the best team in the league .
    Sunday night SF blows out Detroit 38-13….you heard it hear first..
    ——————–
    Not a fan of either team, but I’m guessing you woke up on a band wagon last year filled with 9er garb. It’s obvious from your post you don’t know much about football. Any given team, any given day can have an “off” day, or in Green Bay’s case last night, a game where you play lights out, executing a great game plan perfectly. While the 9ers are really really freaking good, GB’s win last night does not mean that the 9ers are in a class head & shoulders above the rest of the league.

    And quit with the “you heard it here first” crap. It’s annoying as hell. You think you’re the 1st to predict a big 9er win this weekend? Really?

  11. he is good, but he is the second best pass rusher in the division. until he gets to 22 sacks in a season, this is still Jared Allen’s world, and Clay is still second best. and what was up with the guy last year? 6 sacks for a season? he needs to be more consistent

  12. Obviously some bitter Bear’s fans on here. You do realize they got 7 total sacks and 4 ints. Was everyone else on roids too??

  13. Draft Perry allowed them to move him back to the other OLB spot where he had so much success a couple of years ago. He’s going to have a huge year.

  14. Clay is a beast no lie…but hes on that juice like everyone else…my buddy played d1 and he said everyone thats not a db qb or wr for the most part are on it..they use it in the offseason then stop a little bit before the season and its out there system and they knew when the test was everytime.

  15. As an impartial observer, neither team looked impressive really at all. The “explosive” Green Bay offense looked quite regular, while the Bears offense didn’t exist and actually contributed a great deal to the limited success GB’s offense had. The Packers’ defense had a big night, gotta give them that. That’ll have to become common for them to win more than 10 games if the offense doesn’t improve though. Recent history doesn’t lead one to think that’s likely.

    You never know where the Lions will be in all of this, but they may emerge as the top dog before too long. Somehow they’ll screw it up I imagine.

  16. Why when a player does overtime in the weight room does everybody assume its roids? I have seen my fair share of meatheads and Matthews looks like he is clean now. Keep up the sacks Clay, I wanna see that record broke!

  17. I felt bad for Webb. He was getting beat each and every time. One thing, I would have not let Cutler brushed up against me like that.
    Matthews is a beast, he may or maybe on roids. This dude was all over Cutler (lol) like a irritating gnat. He made Cutler nervous all night long. Dom Capers had a very good plan for his defense.

  18. notice how the leauges steroids and hgh issues have magically kind of gone away?

    and boom, clay matthews is putting up big numbers again.

    last year, the league gets serious about possibly testing for HGH, so, matthews has a terrible year.

    coincidence? nope. the guy knows how to beat the NFL testing system. just like probably 75% of the league.

  19. When you combine his sacks with his unique ability of faking like he is being held, then you have a real force.

    Mathews draws at least one bogus holding call a game by jerking his head backwards and flailing his arms in the air so as to be appear if he was held. It’s like a mix a Duke flop and the Italian soccer team diving.

    That’s what I call sportsmanship.

  20. aa1829 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:45 AM
    “Where are all the bears fans this morning”
    Thumbs downing, claiming Clay’s a cheat. What’s new.

  21. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Sep 14, 2012 9:48 AM
    notice how the leauges steroids and hgh issues have magically kind of gone away?

    and boom, clay matthews is putting up big numbers again.

    last year, the league gets serious about possibly testing for HGH, so, matthews has a terrible year.

    coincidence? nope. the guy knows how to beat the NFL testing system. just like probably 75% of the league.
    ————————————-
    Terrible year? You obviously didn’t watch the games. The man was double or triple teamed all year long. I’m assuming then that Jared Allen, Demarcus Ware, Mario Williams, etc. etc. etc. are all roiders? Get real.

  22. Matthews is a beast probably would have had 7 sacks if Webb wasn’t holding him on just just about every other play that he didn’t get to cutler…lol…Go Packers

  23. He has two good games against lousy tackles and right away “he’s back on the juice”.

    First of all, you have zero proof.

    Second of all, who cares?

    Third of all, HGH has little to no performance enhancing qualities in young, healthy athletes and would never create this big of an improvement anyway.

    So at least know what you’re talking about and accuse him of using steriods, not HGH.

    And if you don’t know the difference, please stop talking.

  24. This dude is way overrated and over hyped. All he can do is rush the passer which I get it it’s hard to do, but hes a liability on running plays and takes 50% of the snaps off. But for all u fantasy football loving, espn watching, stat obsessers out there he’s the greatest lb ever to play.

  25. Would have been even more sacks if the refs would’ve been watching for holding. Webb gave up at one point and actually tackled Matthews from behind when he had a clear shot at Cutler.

    As for the dude above saying he fakes for flags… He does realize that Matthews hasnt gotten the benefit of a flag yet this year right? And last year only was officially “held” in two games…. pfft…

  26. You guys cant be naive enough to think Clay is the only linebacker on a ped. I can guarantee you Ware, Willis, Lewis and Harrison have all been on them at one time or another. This is the reality of the NFL today and every other sport in the world! Come on guys!

  27. The guy’s grandfather was a football player. His father played 19 years at OLB. His uncle played 20+ on the OL and made the HOF. I’m not commenting on the overall state of HGH and roids in pro sports, but isn’t it possible that this guy is just a born athlete, like the men in his family going back two generations? Time will tell, of course.

    Anyway, he’s had a great couple of games so far and has really kept the pedal to the metal. This game Capers sent him crashing into the line play after play; other times he drops back and covers as well as any OLB in the league. He’s a pretty complete player.

  28. Tainted saint you are an idiot. Do you realize that while Matthews didnt put up big sack numbers last year he was at the top for qb pressures in the league while playing a new position? Now he is back to where he originally played not to mention our first 2 picks being on the defensive line to eliminate the double and triple teams he faced last year after they lost Jenkins. Now you are informed.

  29. Did you Jared Allen fans see him get absolutely dominated last week vs. Eugene Monroe? Didn’t even make the stat sheet. Either JA is due for a down year or Eugene has hit elite status. I’m thinking the latter.

  30. -dougy1970 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:59 AM

    When you combine his sacks with his unique ability of faking like he is being held, then you have a real force.

    Mathews draws at least one bogus holding call a game by jerking his head backwards and flailing his arms in the air so as to be appear if he was held. –
    ———————————————————-

    Have you ever played on the offensive or defensive line? I was an O-lineman, and can tell you that a guy like Clay Matthews really is held on every play, unless he drops into coverage. Part of the beauty of playing O line is holding without it looking like holding. Clay may look like he is flopping, but he really is held on most plays. If he weren’t held, he would likely get 6 sacks per game… especially against guys like Webb. He was completely overmatched.

  31. LOL @ all the haters in here. The reality is EVERY DL and LB in this league in on the sauce.

    Clay Matthews is an exceptional talent with deep roots in the game of football. He’s a player you all wish you had on your garbage football team.

    Hate on

  32. Flavor of the week. Ware is the best pass rusher in the NFL and will be just as long as he wants to be. They move guys like Matthews all around trying to create mismatches. DeMarcus Ware plays from one position because it’s always a mismatch.

  33. Love how a mobile 250 pound linebacker that roams around and blitzes from all over is supposedly on ‘roids… yet a 290 pound guy like Julius Peppers can chase down Michael Vick, yet no one accuses him of being on the juice… smh.

    Plus, how would roids help, I think Tony Mandraich and Vernon Golston proved that technique and understanding of the game helps more than pure strength/roid strength

  34. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Sep 14, 2012 9:48 AM
    notice how the leauges steroids and hgh issues have magically kind of gone away?

    and boom, clay matthews is putting up big numbers again.

    last year, the league gets serious about possibly testing for HGH, so, matthews has a terrible year.

    coincidence? nope. the guy knows how to beat the NFL testing system. just like probably 75% of the league.
    ———————————————-

    It is extremely clear you did not watch the packers play last year. Clay was the only one getting pressure last year. Last year physically he looked just as good as ever but teams could focus solely on him. Capers did not blitz last year like he has early this year and last night a few of Matthews sacks were helped by other players getting pressure.

  35. Dude barely played in high school. Wasn’t big enough. Walked on at USC. Wasnt big enough. Played sparingly until last year at USC Buddied up with user Cushing. Now he looks like Hercules. All time in weight room sure has paid off!!!! Lol

  36. To defend my post. I have watched most Packer games. I have seen Mathews do his “My God I am Being Held” routine numerous times. He smiles about it afterwards in the defensive huddle. Announcers casually quip about acting job.

    Whether or not Mathews is held on other plays is moot. The point is that he fakes & flails & acts & gyrates to draw flags. His breck-girl hair flaps back, and to the front, back and to the front, and make it looks like he has been clotheslined.

    No one recognizes it as a clearly a repeated ploy by him to draw holding calls. He does it when he is blocked, not when he is free.

    It’s kind of innovative and devious. That said, I have never seen any D-linemen do this. The closest thing to it in the NFL is when the punter spins around to draw a roughing-the-kicker. But punters are not real players.

    I think it is poor sportsmanship.

  37. Hey, he’s pretty good on that right side, isn’t he?!!! Moving his position last year just might have been the dumbest personnel move any football team has made in my lifetime…

  38. I think the Bears’ gameplan fell apart much the same way as the Packers did vs. SF. An improbable play towards the end of the half changed the tone, and they both started playing like they were down 21 with 8 minutes to play.

    I mean really if the Bears just would have ran and dinked/dunked the game would have been close. If you want to take a shot with Marshall, just put in some extra protection and throw a jump ball.

  39. Wasn’t he small and so slow coming out of high school that no one would give him a college scholarship? He’s made a magical transformation and now is an out of control beast!

  40. iloveflorio, overhyped and overrated, huh?

    A defensive touchdown in each of his first 3 seasons thus far, but all he does is rush the passer.

    Forced game sealing fumble in SB XLV, all he does is rush the passer.

    C0nsistently chases down running plays from the backside, all he does is rush the passer.

    Shut Up.

    I love when fans on here try to talk about teams and players they dont ALWAYS watch, you know nothing. And to the guy who said Clay needs to be more consistent like Jared Allen, because clay had 6 sacks last year. Hey pal, Allen only had 7.5 sacks his third year in the league. Again, do not talk about what you do not know about.

  41. Just think if he played that well last January maybe he could have gotten to Eli.

    Oh and by the way the packers did not beat the bears the bears beat them self.

  42. dougy1970 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:32 PM

    To defend my post. I have watched most Packer games. I have seen Mathews do his “My God I am Being Held” routine numerous times. He smiles about it afterwards in the defensive huddle. Announcers casually quip about acting job.

    Whether or not Mathews is held on other plays is moot. The point is that he fakes & flails & acts & gyrates to draw flags. His breck-girl hair flaps back, and to the front, back and to the front, and make it looks like he has been clotheslined.

    No one recognizes it as a clearly a repeated ploy by him to draw holding calls. He does it when he is blocked, not when he is free.

    It’s kind of innovative and devious. That said, I have never seen any D-linemen do this. The closest thing to it in the NFL is when the punter spins around to draw a roughing-the-kicker. But punters are not real players.

    I think it is poor sportsmanship.

    And yet – as someone said he was only responsible for drawing 2 holding calls all last year.

    Weird….

  43. @tluke25

    Matthews was a late bloomer. He didn’t even start full time at USC until his senior year. He didn’t even have a draftable grade before his senior season.

    He flourished with 10.5 sacks and posted great workout numbers. Talent was never the issue, he was stuck in a logjam of other good USC LB’s at that time.

    Not surprised he’s among the elite of defensive players in the league. I liked him more than Brian Cushing in the ’09 draft. Great bloodlines and has a nonstop motor.

  44. Also, AJ Hawk flopped just this week when Carmini hit him after the whistle. Watch Hawk flail his arm up in the air.

    Flopping, diving, and theatrics to draw penalties. This is the real personality of Hawk/Mathews/Woodson defense.

    Here endeth the lesson.

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