Matchups to watch

Ravens Weekend

November 23, 2007|By Mike Preston

JONATHAN OGDEN RAVENS OT HT: 6-9 WT: 345 YEAR: 12 vs. SHAWNE MERRIMAN CHARGERS LB HT: 6-4 WT: 272 YEAR: 3

Last season, Ogden embarrassed Merriman by taking him to school. Ogden doesn't appear to be in game shape yet this season, but he still can outplay most opponents. Ogden has long arms and strong hands that allow him to keep pass rushers away from his body. Merriman is tied for sixth in the AFC with 5 1/2 sacks. He has great speed to the outside but enough strength and size to overpower most pass blockers. The Chargers should move him around instead of just playing him on one side. EDGE: EVEN

RAY LEWIS RAVENS LB HT: 6-1 WT: 250 YEAR: 12 VS. LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON CHARGERS RB HT: 5-10 WT: 221 YEAR: 7

Tomlinson has struggled a bit this season like the rest of the Chargers, but he is still the best overall runner in the league. He is averaging 4.1 yards a carry and can beat a team in many ways. Lewis, who is having an outstanding season, thrives going head to head with great running backs. The Chargers have a good offensive line, but the Ravens, led by Lewis, can put a lid on Tomlinson. EDGE: LEWIS

JAMAL WILLIAMS CHARGERS DT HT: 6-3 WT: 348 YEAR: 10 vs. CHRIS CHESTER RAVENS C HT: 6-3 WT: 305 YEAR: 2

Chester has the quickest feet on the Ravens' offensive line. He runs well and can make blocks at the second level. The problem is that Chester is small and has struggled with big tackles. He'll have to get plenty of double-team help on Williams from guards Ben Grubbs and Jason Brown. The Ravens will attempt to do most of their running on the perimeter. EDGE: WILLIAMS

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.