Ravens Central

ON THE RAVENS

The Kickoff

January 10, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON

The matchup between Ravens left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney will be worth the price of admission on Saturday.

Because Freeney beat Ogden so badly in the past two meetings, I think Ogden took it personally, and that's part of the reason he hired a trainer in the offseason.

Ogden has a lot of pride, and Freeney will see a new Ogden on Saturday. This time, Freeney won't have the home crowd as an advantage. He won't be able to beat Ogden off the ball because of crowd noise.

A key will be for the Ravens to get a lead. Freeney's sack numbers are down this season because teams run against the Colts, and he hasn't had as many opportunities to rush the passer.

If the Colts get a lead, he could make life miserable for Ogden and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair. If the Ravens can get a lead and Ogden can pound Freeney in run blocking, Freeney will have a tough time holding off Ogden.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

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