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October 15, 2006|By MIKE PRESTON

It will be an interesting matchup today when Ravens cornerbacks Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister take on Carolina Panthers wide receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Smith. Word has it that Rolle will match up with Smith and McAlister will take on Johnson. It makes sense. Johnson is bigger and stronger than Smith, and McAlister has a very physical style. Smith is faster than Johnson, and Rolle is more of a pure cover corner than McAlister.

The problem is that Smith can also be very physical. He is deceivingly strong. Also, Rolle has given up two long passes this season, which could be attributed to an injured foot. Regardless, it's one of the game's intriguing matchups.

Also, if the Ravens can't pressure the quarterback, they could be in for a long day. Regardless of how good the corners may be, they can't cover these receivers if the quarterback has time.

Now, on to right offensive tackle Tony Pashos. He may not have given up a sack this season, but he has given up quite a few hurries, where the quarterback has to step up in the pocket because of pressure. He has also been called for several illegal-procedure penalties because he is trying to get into his pass set before the ball is snapped. He lacks quickness. Sometimes, a 5-yard penalty is just like a sack.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

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