Today's Matchups To Watch

October 12, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON

Colts C Jeff Saturday vs. Ravens DT Justin Bannan

Saturday is a great technician and runs extremely well. He can make blocks deep into the second level. He has a good rapport with quarterback Peyton Manning, and he is a major key to the Colts' running game. Bannan has started every game in 2008 in place of Kelly Gregg. He plays with power and explosiveness, and is a load to move off the ball. If Bannan can control Saturday, the Ravens can bottle up Indianapolis' running game.

Edge: Saturday:

Colts WR Reggie Wayne vs. Ravens CB Frank Walker

Wayne seems to have replaced Marvin Harrison as the Colts go-to receiver. Wayne is faster than he looks and can play in the slot or outside. He is extremely dangerous inside the red zone. Walker has ups and downs, but if he gets off to a good start, he can smother receivers. Walker isn't big but handles himself well in press coverage. Despite his size, he is tough against the run.

Edge: Wayne:

Colts DE Dwight Freeney vs. Ravens LT Jared Gaither

Freeney has the best spin move in the NFL and great quickness. He is small for a defensive end, but offensive tackles find it hard for them to get their hands on him. Gaither (Maryland) will have trouble. He has power and explosiveness, but he hasn't played against a player of this caliber. He will need to have great technique.

Edge: Freeney:

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