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In The Trenches: Matchups for Week 16

Co-written by Matt Bitonti and Justis Mosqueda. Comparing offensive and defensive lines to find the best matchups for the week.

Welcome back to another week in the trenches.

The recipe is to take Bitonti's offensive line rankings and compare them to Mosqueda's defensive front rankings.

The goal is to isolate and discuss the choicest matchups of the slate, through a "three-point stance" perspective.

All of the matchups are listed at the bottom of the article.

Let's get after it!



MIN +24

Minnesota @ Green Bay - Sunday 1PM ET

BIT: After being limited in practice this week, left tackle Riley Reiff appears likely to make the start this weekend at Green Bay. Reiff had been forced from last week's contest with an ankle injury and actually had not been included in this week's offensive line rankings. Including Reiff could make this already good matchup into a great one. The rest of the line is also in good health, as rookie center Pat Elfein and right tackle Mike Remmers made their returns to the lineup last weekend and appear to have made it through without set back. While other lines are breaking down as the season comes to a close, the Vikings' line is getting stronger. 

JM: On the surface, a Green Bay Packers defensive front with Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Clay Matthews and Nick Perry on the line of scrimmage appears solid. Daniels, Matthews and Perry are among the top-75 line of scrimmage defenders this season in tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. For a single defense, that is well above average. The problem is that behind those talents, especially on the edge, there is little to no depth. When Ahmad Brooks and Kyler Fackrell come in the game as outside linebackers, expect Case Keenum to have all day to throw the ball.


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