Matchups To Watch

Ravens Weekend

December 21, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON

WALTER JONES SEAHAWKS T HT: 6-5 WT: 315 YEAR: 11

TERRELL SUGGS RAVENS LB HT: 6-3 WT: 260 YEAR: 5

When Jones is at the top of his game, he is the best left tackle in the NFL. He has the size to smother most of his opponents on running plays. He has good hands and quick feet, which allow him to force most defenders to the outside on a pass rush. Suggs has to become a factor as far as rushing the passer because the Ravens' cornerbacks can't stay with wide receivers Nate Burleson, Deion Branch and Bobby Engram for very long. Jones has the ability to wear down the opposition. EDGE: JONES

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

LOFA TATUPU SEAHAWKS LB HT: 6-0 WT: 238 YEAR: 3

Tatupu is extremely quick and fast. He covers a lot of ground and is relentless in chasing down running backs, even to the opposite side of the field. He also gets good drops in pass coverage and can run with McGahee, who actually plays better against bigger linebackers because of his shiftiness. That cutback style is effective against bigger teams, but fast defenses give McGahee trouble. Because of his speed, Tatupu can cause problems for McGahee. EDGE: EVEN

MATT HASSELBECK SEAHAWKS QB HT: 6-4 WT: 223 YEAR: 9

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

When he is playing disciplined football, Reed is a joy to watch because he covers so much ground. Reed is also good at disguising coverages, but he'll have to have one of his better games. Hasselbeck doesn't get the credit he deserves. He can throw almost any kind of pass and has no fear. But Hasselbeck sometimes hurries throws, and Reed might be able to intercept one or two if he gets the proper reads. EDGE: EVEN

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