NFL Preview Week 16: Jake Locker vs. Clay Matthews

By Stephanie Umek
Clay Matthews
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As if worrying about his left shoulder in itself isn’t going to be enough, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is going to have to be especially careful this coming Sunday when playing against the Green Bay Packers. If it isn’t obvious I’m talking about Green Bays’ infamous linebacker Clay Matthews.

The Titans offensive line is getting weaker by the day and it is only going to take one solid hit from Matthews to re-injure that left shoulder of Locker. If people thought the matchup between the Chicago Bears was ugly, just wait to see the score at the end of week 16. (And this is coming from a girl who has lived in Chicago her entire life).

It is just inevitable. There is going to be someone hurt on Sunday and it very well could be Locker. If I was Mike Munchak, I sure would have Matt Hasselbeck ready to go at any time. Hasselbeck being the veteran that he is, will be able to handle the hits from Matthews easier than Locker would be able to.

This isn’t Munchak’s first time around the block though. He talked to The Tennessean about the situation, “It’s just because of his speed, his athleticism. He makes plays you don’t think he can make. When you play a team like this with the ‘3-4’ concept, they’ve got better athletes on the field. I think he’s got a knack for getting a good jump on the ball, especially at home with the crowd noise.”

At this point at least. I’m not saying that Locker isn’t a good quarterback don’t get me wrong. However, at this point in the season, you want Locker’s  arm to heal completely and it has not had a chance to do that yet.

The other part that doesn’t help the Titans is that the Titans have to travel to Lambeau Field to play the Packers. It will be an interesting game to say the least.

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