Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackerJustin Houston
(50) celebrates after the Chiefs stopped the Seattle Seahawks on fourth down. John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
1) Don Barclay vs. Justin Houston
The Chiefs have plenty of offensive playmakers to account for, but the matchup that could give the Packers the most trouble in this game is right tackle Don Barclay squaring off against Kansas City’s Pro Bowl outside linebacker.
Houston not only led the NFL in sacks last year with 22, he’s also off to a fast start this season, recording two sacks and seven hurries in the first two weeks.
Houston can win with power or speed off the edge, and he gives even the most elite tackles in the league problems in pass protection.
With starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga out another week because of an ankle injury, Barclay will get the start once again in his place.
Last week, Barclay really struggled against Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett. Even though the Packers tackle didn’t surrender a single sack in the game, he did allow 10 quarterback hurries.
Just as a point of reference, Bulaga led all Packers offensive linemen in hurries allowed last year with 20 in 15 games. The fact that Barclay allowed 10 in just one contest is unacceptable and should be a point of concern for Green Bay going into week three.
If Barclay struggles to hold his own against Houston on the right side of the line, then it could be a long night for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.
If Rodgers is protected well and given time in the pocket, then he should have no problem carving up Kansas City’s young secondary.
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