Green Bay Packers vs Miami Dolphins: 5 matchups to watch

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images /
4 of 6
Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images
Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images /

3. Packers edge rushers vs Dolphins tackles

Arguably the worst position group for the Packers this season is their edge rushers. Nick Perry and Clay Matthews have been made invisible on more than one occasion. Simply put, the money they are being paid is far too much for players that aren’t putting a positive impact on the game. Against two young tackles in Jawuan James and Laremy Tunsil, they need to take advantage to force quarterback Brock Osweiler into making mistakes.

When Matthews was first making his hay in the league, his hustle and athleticism are what helped him make the vast majority of his plays. He had no quit, and his motor never quit. In the past few seasons, that motor has disappeared. For Perry, his major enemy was always his ability to stay healthy. He finally did it and cashed in with a major deal. Despite staying mostly healthy since then, he hasn’t really done much to validate that contract.

Tunsil was the consensus first overall pick in the draft last season before some questions emerged on draft day that allowed him to slide all the way to 13th. After a rookie season at left guard, he’s back out at tackle improving every week. James is not a lockdown on the right side, but he plays well enough to give his quarterback time. If the Packers edge rushers play how they did last week, Osweiler will have all day to throw to his receivers.