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anger 82&95
01-10-2011, 07:30 AM
John Clayton's key matchups:
"What was very clear in the Ravens' victory over Kansas City is their lack of speed at wide receiver. They have major problems against defenses that play bump-and-run man defenses. The Bengals exposed that problem early in the season, and the Chiefs frustrated Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Sunday. Those three receivers have more than 600 career catches each, but they lack great separation skills in man-to-man coverage. The trio combined for only seven catches against the Chiefs. The good news for the Ravens is the Steelers are a zone team. The Jets probably would give the Ravens the most trouble of the four remaining AFC teams. One player to follow is Ravens TE Todd Heap. In the Ravens' Week 13 loss to Pittsburgh, coach John Harbaugh wanted to feature Heap, but he was injured in the first quarter and didn't play the rest of the game. Against the Chiefs, Joe Flacco found Heap 10 times for 108 yards."
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/ ... id=6005355 (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2010/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=6005355)

01-10-2011, 07:49 AM
The Steelers always seem to give up a lot to 1 offensive player while keeping the others in check. If that player is Heap, let it be. He can have 10 catches for 110 yards for all I care ...but keep the WR's in check and don't let someone like Stallworth come in the game and go deep. Keep Clark off of Boldin too, that just made me sick.