Today's Matchups To Watch

December 20, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON

Cowboys WR Terrell Owens vs. Ravens CB Samari Rolle

Owens is still one of the best receivers in the NFL and is at his best when teams aren't pressing him at the line of scrimmage. He still has great speed and hands. Rolle can run with Owens, but he isn't physical enough to jam and hold him at the line. Rolle has played well the past couple of weeks, but look for the Ravens to give Rolle help over the top with a safety.

Edge:: Owens:

Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware vs. Ravens OTs Willie Anderson and Jared Gaither

Ware is one of the best pass rushers in the league. He has a great initial burst and can speed rush around end, but he also is strong enough to work leverage. Dallas sometimes moves him around. Gaither has played well this season, but Ware's strength will give him trouble, and Ware's speed might be too much for Anderson.

Edge: Ware:

Cowboys TE Jason Witten vs. Ravens S Jim Leonhard

Witten is the Cowboys' leading receiver. He is effective running long routes as well as catching short to intermediate passes. The Ravens would prefer to match up Ed Reed with him, but Reed will have to give the corners some help. Leonhard is a smart player who has a nose for the ball, but he lacks the athleticism to contain Witten.

Edge: Witten:

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