Today's Matchups To Watch

October 26, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON

Raiders RB Darren McFadden vs. Ravens ILBs Ray Lewis and Bart Scott

McFadden has great speed to get to the corners, but he can also run inside for tough yards. He has good acceleration and is a game-changer. Lewis and Scott have to contain him. These two linebackers work well together and don't mind giving up their bodies taking on lead blockers so the other can make the tackle.

Edge: Lewis and Scott:

Raiders CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and DeAngelo Hall vs. Ravens receivers Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton

The Ravens haven't faced a duo this good all season. They can play man-to-man or zone, and both can be physical. Clayton and Mason are similar receivers. Neither has great speed, but both can find holes in defenses. Mason is having an excellent season.

Edge: : Asomugha and Hall:

Raiders DT Tommy Kelly vs. Ravens G Ben Grubbs

Kelly, in his fifth season, has blossomed into one of the better defensive tackles in the NFL. He isn't great, but he is a good, solid player who forces teams to run to the opposite side of the field. Grubbs has been solid and reliable as well and has held his own against some of the best in the NFL. It won't get any easier today against Kelly.

Edge: Even:

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