Key Matchups

November 01, 2009|By MIKE PRESTON

Broncos OLB Elvis Dumervil vs. Ravens OT Jared Gaither

Gaither has missed the past two games and has been inactive for three weeks because of a neck injury. He gets to come back against Dumervil (92), one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Dumervil is more power than finesse. He likes to use leverage and, like most great pass rushers, is relentless in trying to get to the quarterback. Gaither was struggling earlier in the season when he was healthy. The Ravens will have to give him help against Dumervil, at least until the rust comes off.

Edge: Dumervil:

Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs. Ravens WR Derrick Mason

It will be interesting to see how the Ravens handle Bailey (24). A lot of teams stay away from throwing at him. Bailey is physical and can run with any receiver. In Mason, he'll go against one of the better route runners in the league. Mason is the king of the comeback route. If you can take Mason out of the game, you can usually shut down the Ravens' passing game.

Edge: Even :

Broncos WRs Brandon Marshall and Jabar Gaffney vs. Ravens CBs Domonique Foxworth and Fabian Washington

The Broncos like to throw a lot of short timing passes to Marshall and Gaffney, and both are excellent at gaining yards after the catch. Foxworth and Washington (31) have struggled this season, and they'll continue to get picked on unless they start making plays. The key things for the Ravens will be tackling and keeping everything in front of them. Unfortunately, the Ravens haven't tackled well this season.

Edge: Marshall and Gaffney :

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