He didn't have a single tackle, but rookie linebacker Clay Matthews sent out a message Sunday afternoon that the Cardinals better figure out a way to block him or they'll be in for a long day on offense next week. Matthews was dominant rushing the passer against journeyman left tackle Jeremy Bridges, who took over the left tackle job when Wayne Gandy was lost for the season. Matthews had three hits on the quarterback and drew two holding penalties that were so blatant everyone in the stadium saw them. Matthews used his speed to dip outside on Bridges, then changed it up and bulled inside. One of the holding penalties came when he ran a stunt and blasted through guard Reggie Wells, who pulled him down.
I'll only add that Bridges was the same 'journeyman tackle' that stoned Jared Allen when the Cardinals demolished the Vikings a few weeks ago. He does well against traditional 4-3 defensive ends but he has had all sorts of problems with speedier outside linebackers.
Clay Matthews is going to be nothing but trouble for the Cards.
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