Raiders-Colts Matchup No. 1: Sims vs. McGlynn

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Raiders-Colts Matchup No. 1: Sims vs. McGlynn
September 8, 2013, 7:30 am
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Mike McGlynn allowed four sacks, 10 quarterback hits and 35 hurries last season. (AP)

Editor's Note: This is the third part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Colts matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m., at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Raiders NT Pat Sims vs. Colts RG Mike McGlynn

Tale of the tape
Pat Sims (90): 6-foot-2, 310 pounds, fifth season, Auburn
Mike McGlynn (75): 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, sixth season, Pittsburgh

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Pat Sims is an invaluable part of the Raiders defensive line, a true bright spot that provided optimism during an exhibition versus Seattle that doubled as his Raiders debut. Sims is a stout run stopper at nose tackle, capable of collapsing pockets and rushing lanes alike from the inside.

The Raiders failed to generate much of anything in three games without him, leaving the nose tackle as an essential cog in the Raiders defense without stats to back it up.

“Guys like Pat aren’t going to have gaudy numbers, as far as sacking the quarterback and making a ton of tackles,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “The key is, do they do their job? Are they consistent? Are they disruptive inside? Do they make their opponents have to account for them as far as the run game and the protection game?”

Sims should have a chance to do all those things against McGlynn, in a matchup that favors the Raiders. The sixth-year vet struggled playing right guard last season and was a major reason why the Colts interior line struggled at times. All told – he played one game at center – McGlynn allowed four sacks, 10 quarterback hits and 35 hurries.

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The Colts certainly won’t match the two up one-on-one often. Center Samson Satele will help regularly, which will give Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker a single blocker to deal with. Sims has shown an ability to fight through those double teams and stop or divert an opposing run game.

If he can blow up the interior, the Colts will struggle assuming other Raiders make sure tackles. Sims enjoys stopping the run, but Allen believes Sims also can be an effective pass rusher.

“Pat is a run-stopper. That’s the thing that he really excels at,” Allen said. “Pat’s a guy that can rush the passer. Pat’s got to put his mind to it that he wants to rush the passer. I think you saw, at times, the other night, when he sets his mind to it that he really can go out and do it. The thing with Pat is he missed a lot of training camp, so we’ve got to get him into shape so he can play a significant amount of plays and we can get him in there in more pass-rushing situations.”