Key Matchups Mike Preston

December 07, 2009|By Mike Preston

Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Packers CB Charles Woodson

Mason, who is quarterback Joe Flacco's primary downfield weapon, has great hands and decent speed but isn't much of a long threat. His best moves are out and comeback patterns. Woodson, above, is having a great season, and he usually matches up with the other team's top receiver. He is that rare combination of speed, athleticism and strength at cornerback. He is the total package, and Flacco might have to find another downfield weapon other than Mason. Edge: Woodson:

Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth vs. Packers WR Donald Driver

This is a clear mismatch, but the Ravens don't have a shutdown cornerback. Foxworth is having a poor season, so he'll get challenged a lot by Driver, above. Make no mistake, the Packers will go after Foxworth. Driver is the Packers' home-run hitter, and he can do it all. Foxworth is playing scared, having given up numerous big plays this season. He has to be physical on Driver, regardless of the outcome. This outcome might be the difference-maker. Edge: Driver:

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Ravens DEs Dwan Edwards and Trevor Pryce

The Ravens should be able to move Rodgers, above, out of the pocket. The problem, though, is that he is elusive and can throw on the run. Pryce and Edwards have to have a big game, staying in their lanes and controlling Rodgers. They can't allow him to get outside. It will require a lot of discipline, something the Ravens have lacked this season. Edge: Rodgers:

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