Ravens vs. Lions: Mike Preston's matchups to watch

December 13, 2009

Lions RT Gosder Cherilus vs. LBs Tavares Gooden and Paul Kruger
The Ravens like to move players around. Cherilus, above, has become one of the most underrated offensive tackles in the league. He is powerful, solid and the Lions' top offensive lineman. Gooden and Kruger are young players still feeling their way around the league as well as Jameel McClain, who can play inside or outside. Edge: Cherilus

Lions RB Kevin Smith vs. Ravens ILB Ray Lewis
Smith is a good all-around runner. He is deceptively powerful and can gain the tough yards. He lacks breakaway ability, but he can wear down defenses. Lewis, above, has slowed through the years, but he still turns in a solid game. Lewis is still effective going straight ahead, so he'll have a lot of good collisions with Smith. Edge: Lewis

Lions WR Calvin Johnson vs. Ravens CBs Lardarius Webb and Domonique Foxworth
The Lions have a lot of weaknesses on defense, but they have some weapons on offense. Johnson, above, is one of those, and he'll challenge the Ravens downfield. Webb has played well as a starter, but Foxworth is still a liability. Edge: Johnson

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