[caption id="attachment_18222" align="aligncenter" width="618"] Image source: sportsgulp.net[/caption] What a ridiculous two weeks of football. Cardinals 2-0? New Orleans 0-2? CJ Spiller averaging 10.1 YPC and 146 YPG? Seriously? Fortunately, there are no surprises with our Week 2 Player of the Week. He came, he saw, he conquered. And he did it with swagger. Let's go. This week's POTW is awarded to...
Clay MatthewsLinebacker, Green Bay Packers DOB: 14 May, 1986 (26 years old) College: USC Height: 6’3 (1.91m) Weight: 116kg NFL Draft: 26th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft Career games: 48 games Week 2 stats: vs Chicago Bears - 7 tackles (4 solo), 3.5 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, 4 QB hits Season/career stats: 171 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 6 FF, 4 INT, 21 PD, 2 TD
Why he won Player of the Week (Week 2)Matthews played lights out against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. He registered 3.5 sacks (but you could argue he should've been credited with four), four QB hits and three tackles for a loss, hustling and pressuring Cutler all night. Matthews has collected six sacks in two weeks of football and has already matched his season total of six in 2011. The 26-year-old was able to take full advantage of a woeful Bears O-Line that allowed seven sacks and 12 QB hits, led by LT J'Marcus Webb who had a straight up 'mare. Matthews abused and harassed Webb all night to great success, prompting Cutler Sulkfest v10.0. When you watch the highlights of this game, Matthews' intensity and ferocity shines and is something quite remarkable. The video below is a perfect example - Matthews bursts around the outside with blinding speed, using his relentless strength and agility to fly past the LT and drill Cutler into the turf. If you look closely (around the 5sec mark), he manages to get LT Webb slightly off-balance, promptly following up with a spin to the left allowing him to wrestle his way through to an open shot at the QB. Things may be just as good next week against Seattle for Matthews, who may be missing LT Russell Okung to injury. He is, after all, on pace for a 48-sack season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpupdmlJ2bM
Facts and figures
- Matthews is one of five members of his family to play in the NFL spanning over three generations. His father (linebacker for Cleveland) and uncle (OL for Houston Oilers/ Tennessee Titans) both played 19 seasons in the NFL. Uncle Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and his dad, Clay Jr., has played the third most NFL games in history.
- Per Kevin Seifert (ESPN), Matthews is one of six players in NFL history to register six or more sacks in the first two weeks of a season. Amazingly, Matthews has accomplished this feat twice.
- Matthews has made the Pro Bowl every year since his debut in 2009.
- Clay Matthews was the original inspiration for the 1987 film Predator. He was nine months old. (DISCLAIMER: I can't vouch for the validity of such a statement).
What he said
“We’ve got some talent now getting after the quarterback and, hopefully, that’s here to stay.” - Clay Matthews