The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head on the road to face the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, and if they want to pull off the road upset they need to make the most of some key matchups. SB Nation's Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation has broken down those matchups, and on the defensive side of the ball they highlight a fight in the trenches:
DE Adrian Clayborn vs T Sean Locklear
Another matchup of a pass-rusher against an offensive lineman. This time, Clayborn gets one of the easiest matchups in Sean Locklear. The latter has played most of his career at right tackle and has mostly been a backup the past few years, mostly because he simply isn't that good anymore. Somehow, the Giants don't have anyone better at left tackle. Last year, Clayborn could have easily taken advantage of this matchup, but this year Clayborn hasn't quite looked like the same player. He seems a little less explosive and his pass-rushing moves haven't been very successful. Can he get it on track against the Giants? The Bucs will need him.
Check out the full post for a rundown of the other defensive matchups to watch.