Today's Matchups To Watch

December 28, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON

Ravens DE Trevor Pryce vs. Jaguars OT Tony Pashos

Pryce has been played extremely well down the stretch. He has an unorthodox style but is stronger than he looks. He plays the run well, but his forte is getting to the passer. Pryce can play inside or outside as a pass rusher. Pashos, a former Raven, is a self-made player. He isn't very athletic, but he is physical.

Edge: Pryce:

Ravens S Ed Reed vs. Jaguars QB David Garrard

Garrard used to be a scrambler but now prefers to stay in the pocket. He still can move and make plays with his legs. Reed plays a great center field and reads quarterbacks well. He is having a good season and has been a nightmare in the deep third of the field. Garrard will have to locate Reed first on every passing play.

Edge: Reed:

Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew

Jones-Drew's playing status is questionable, but he could give the Ravens problems. He is explosive and tough to tackle because he has a low center of gravity. He has good hands and is a weapon out of the backfield. Lewis has held up well all season and still plays sideline to sideline better than most inside linebackers in the NFL. Lewis' job is to negate Jones-Drew.

Edge: Lewis:

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