Mike Preston's matchups: Ravens vs. Browns

December 24, 2010|By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun

Ravens DTs Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg vs. Browns Gs Eric Steinbach and Floyd Womack: There is nothing pretty or any finesse about the way Cleveland blocks up front. The Browns come straight at you, and they want to pound the ball. The last time the teams played, the Browns pushed the Ravens around and Ngata and Gregg were embarrassed. This time, the Ravens will be ready. Edge: Ravens

Ravens WRs Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin vs. Browns CBs Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden: Haden, who plays on the left side, has played well this season. He'll get a healthy dose of Boldin. Brown respects Mason, sometimes too much. The Browns like to blitz, leaving their cornerbacks on an island. If their pass protection holds up, the Ravens should be able to make a couple of big plays. Edge: Browns

Ravens MLB Ray Lewis vs. Browns RB Peyton Hillis: Hillis earned his stardom with a breakout game against the Ravens this season. He is big and physical, and he can wear down a defense. Lewis didn't get too many clean shots at Hillis in the previous game because the players in front of him were getting pushed backward. Like Ngata and Gregg, Lewis will be looking for redemption. Edge: Even

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