Super Bowl Matchup

January 23, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN GRAPHICS

Analysis: On paper, this is a mismatch in the Bills' favor. Lofton is a veteran receiver who can still go deep and made the Pro Bowl for the eighth time this year. Mayhew is a former Plan B free agent who was signed by the Redskins three years ago when the Bills didn't protect him. Mayhew doesn't have great speed and you'd think the Bills would be able to isolate Lofton on Mayhew and enable Lofton to have a big day. Easier said than done. Teams have been trying to do that all season since Mayhew was burned repeatedly in the exhibition season. Teams want to throw on Mayhew because Darrell Green is on the other side. The problem is that during the regular season, Mayhew has the advantage of Richie Petitbon's game plans. He's a smart player who makes up for his lack of physical skills by always TTC being in the right position to make the play, and the Redskins make sure he gets help from the safeties when he needs it. Mayhew has held up his end all year and figures to do the same in this matchup.

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