Matchups To Watch

Ravens Weekend

December 07, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON

BOB SANDERS COLTS S HT: 5-8 WT: 206 YEAR: 4

WILLIS McGAHEE RAVENS RB HT: 6-0 WT: 232 YEAR: 5

The Ravens might have discovered their offensive identity Monday night, when McGahee rushed for 138 yards on 30 carries against the Patriots. McGahee is shifty and can change directions well, but he also has the power to finish off runs. Sanders is small physically, but he is the glue of the Colts' defense. He is effective on the back end in pass coverage and is an impact player near the line of scrimmage. EDGE: SANDERS

MARSHAL YANDA RAVENS OT HT: 6-3 WT: 310 YEAR: R

ROBERT MATHIS COLTS DE HT: 6-2 WT: 245 YEAR: 5

Yanda gets better every week. He is not physically intimidating but plays with a mean streak. He is a much stronger run blocker than pass protector. Mathis is underrated because he usually plays opposite Dwight Freeney (who's on injured reserve), but he is just as effective. Like Freeney, he is a speed rusher and loves the spin move. The Ravens will have to slide protection to the right to give Yanda help. EDGE: MATHIS

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

DALLAS CLARK COLTS TE HT: 6-3 WT: 252 YEAR: 5

Clark is an unsung hero on the Colts' offense because he seems to come up with big plays at crucial times. He is a competitor who can get his teammates fired up with big catches. Reed covers a lot of ground for the Ravens regardless of whether it's a run or a pass. When Reed plays within the scheme of the defense, there isn't a better safety in the league. EDGE: REED

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