The Vikings and Packers offenses combined to score nine touchdowns last week, as both teams logged lopsided victories – the Vikings winning 41-28 over Atlanta and Green Bay topping the Chicago Bears 38-17. With that being the case, this week's Ticketmaster Hot Matchup shines the light on a pair of defensive players for each team who will look to slow down those prolific offensive attacks on Thursday night – Anthony Barr and Clay Matthews.
Being tasked with similar responsibilities this week is only the beginning of the similarities between these two dynamic defensive playmakers. Both are outside linebackers, both were first-round picks who came from Pac-12 schools, and both have begun the 2014 season impressively.
Barr, a 6-5, 255-pound beast of a defender, is leading the Vikings in tackles with 38 and is tied for the team lead in sacks with 2.0. He began his career with three consecutive double-digit tackle days and his sack last week of Falcons QB Matt Ryan was one of the more impressive plays of the game while coming at a most opportune time.
Barr So Far