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Ndamukong Suh disrupts all facets of an offense.
This matchup is the game’s most crucial because Ndamukong Suh has a better chance to disrupt the Giants offense than Johnson does of torching their secondary.
Why? Because Kevin Boothe, and in particular, David Diehl, appear to be severely overmatched by Suh.
First a look at the Lions' stud defensive left tackle. Suh is turning in an All-Pro season, as he has been a major force as a pass-rusher and run-stopper. In terms of the former, he has 48 quarterback hurries, 11 hits and 5.5 sacks.
The first number is particularly impressive since 30 hurries over a full season for a defensive tackle is considered a strong number. This does not bode well for Manning, as Suh figures to be in his face a lot, especially considering the shaky protection the Giants' quarterback has received in 2013.
Combined, Boothe and Diehl have allowed 44 hurries, 13 hits and five sacks this season.
Diehl accounts for a large portion of the damage, which is why he sports -19.6 PFF pass-block rating, ranking him 75th out of 77 guards graded (subscription required).
Expect plenty of double-teams on Suh by this duo, which could open up opportunities for defensive tackle Nick Fairley and rookie defensive end Ezekiel Ansah to get to Manning.
Suh could also find his way into the Giants' backfield quite a bit on running plays, considering his 10.0 PFF run rating and six tackles for a loss.
New York's offense is certainly familiar with unsuccessful rushing attempts this season. According to Football Outsiders, 23 percent of Big Blue’s carries have resulted in no gain or negative yardage.
If Suh has his way, that percentage will likely be higher come Monday morning.
*All stats, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of Pro Football Focus (membership required) and NFL.com.
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