"From playing both the teams, we're talking about two defenses that are unbelievable. Everybody's talking about Denver's defense," Jones told NFL Media's Alex Flanagan on Wednesday. "I truly believe that Carolina has the advantage on defense. Like I said before, they're all on a string. They know where they're supposed to be. The fastest defense I've probably played against in my nine years in the National Football League.
"The craziest thing about them is the confidence of that football team right now. It's hard to match that. Beyond the talent that they have, it's hard to match the confidence that they got right now. I feel like their defense is going to get after Peyton (Manning) a little bit."
That's high praise from Jones, considering he and the Green Bay offense were thoroughly stifled by Denver's defense in a 29-10 one-sided affair at midseason.
"The beautiful thing of watching Thomas and Luke work together ... it reminds me of so much of the great guys I've been around," Rivera raved this week. "Whether it's been Mike Singletary and Wilber Marshall. Or Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. Now, to see these two guys in person, that's pretty special."
We'll have to wait until Sunday evening to see if Jones' analysis proves correct regarded Carolina's alleged advantage.