Matchups To Watch

Ravens Weekend

October 05, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON

ED REED, RAVENS S HT: 5-11 WT: 200 YEAR: 6 VS.

TRENT DILFER, 49ERS QB HT: 6-4 WT: 247 YEAR: 14

Dilfer is a fill-in for injured starter Alex Smith. Despite his public apology to coach Brian Billick this week, Dilfer would like nothing better than to light up his former teammates. The Ravens should be able to get a pass rush on Dilfer, and he'll force a couple of passes. Reed always does his homework on quarterbacks, and he'll be able to snag one or two of Dilfer's passes. Once he has the ball, there might not be a better open-field runner in the NFL than Reed. EDGE: REED

KELLY GREGG, RAVENS DT HT: 6-0 WT: 310 YEAR: 8 VS.

LARRY ALLEN, 49ERS G HT: 6-3 WT: 325 YEAR: 14

The Ravens shift around a lot inside, but Gregg and Allen will face off in a matchup of two of the strongest guys in the league. Allen has bench-pressed more than 600 pounds, and Gregg has broken 550. Allen used to be a great player, but injuries have limited his mobility. His forte is strictly run blocking. Gregg uses a lot of leverage moves to get position, and he has quick hands. He isn't much of a pass rusher, so there should be some big bangs when he and Allen collide. EDGE: ALLEN

JOE STALEY, 49ERS OT HT: 6-5 WT: 306 YEAR: R VS.

JARRET JOHNSON, RAVENS LB HT: 6-3 WT: 270 YEAR: 5

Staley was the player the Ravens wanted in the draft, but the 49ers moved ahead of them to take him. Like most rookies, Staley has struggled adjusting to the NFL, especially adapting to the speed of the game. Johnson has played surprisingly well this season. He has a nonstop motor and is the ultimate team player. He has been a better pass rusher than expected and should be able to handle the inexperienced Staley. EDGE: JOHNSON

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