Today's Matchups To Watch

December 07, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON

Redskins RB Clinton Portis vs. Ravens LB Ray Lewis

Portis has great vision and makes cuts easily. He is a threat out of the backfield as a receiver and is one of the best blockers in the NFL among running backs. He is tough and a workhorse. Lewis, after a slight decline, has had strong back-to-back seasons. He is running well sideline to sideline and is one of the best tacklers in the league.

Edge:: Lewis:

Redskins WR Santana Moss vs. Ravens CB Samari Rolle

Moss can flat-out fly. He is basically Derrick Mason with speed. He runs good routes and gets in and out of breaks well. And he has soft hands. Since coming back from his injury nearly three weeks ago, Rolle has played well. He can match Moss' speed and doesn't need to be overly physical to slow Moss at the line of scrimmage.

Edge: Even:

Redskins MLB London Fletcher vs. Ravens C Jason Brown

Fletcher leads the Redskins in tackles with 106, including 65 solo. He is short and compact by NFL standards but runs well, even though he has been hindered by a bad foot. Brown has had a strong season and runs well. He can make blocks into the second level. Fletcher, though, might be more than he can handle.

Edge: Fletcher:

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