Mike Preston's matchups: Ravens vs. Steelers

October 01, 2010|By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun

Ravens OT Michael Oher vs. Steelers OLB James Harrison: Despite playing left tackle for the first time in his NFL career, Oher has fared reasonably well, and continues to get better every game. Oher is big, strong and quick. His first step is explosive, and he will need that quickness against Harrison, who has three sacks this season. Harrison is quick but powerful, and can change direction quickly. He'll give Oher problems. Edge: Steelers.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Steelers SS Troy Polamalu: Flacco has struggled against the Steelers, especially when they play two-deep coverage. The key to beating Pittsburgh's defense is locating Polamalu before the snap. The problem, though, is that Polamalu could line up anywhere. He could be on the left or on the right. He could be 20 yards off the line of scrimmage, in the box or at the line of scrimmage. Edge: Steelers.

Ravens DTs Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata vs. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey: Pouncey is a rookie from Florida and has handled the starting job well. But he hasn't faced two tackles like Ngata and Gregg, who are coming off a rough outing last week. If the Ravens can control Pouncey, they will control the Steelers running game from tackle to tackle, and that will hurt Pittsburgh's chances of winning significantly. Edge: Ravens.

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