Mike Preston's Ravens-Broncos matchups

Broncos DT Justin Bannan vs. Ravens OG Chris Chester and OT Marshal Yanda

Bannan is a former Raven and knows how this offense works. He'll be playing against both players at different times throughout the game. Bannan is a brute, and can dominate at times. He'll take on offensive linemen and allow his linebackers to sweep up the action. Chester might struggle with Bannan's strength, but he'll get help inside. When it comes to pure strength, Yanda is just as strong as anybody in the league. Edge: Even.

Broncos FS Brian Dawkins vs Ravens QB Joe Flacco

Dawkins is known as a strong hitter, but he plays a great center field. He disguises coverages well and is extremely savvy. He'll cause problems for Flacco. Flacco is on a roll having two fourth-quarter comebacks in two straight games after two rough starts. Dawkins will give him a lot of different looks Sunday. Edge: Dawkins.

Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs Ravens WR Anquan Boldin

This could be the game's premier matchup. Bailey is still fast, strong and can run with any receiver. He is fearless and doesn't hesitate pressing up on receivers. Boldin, though, is strong enough to handle most corners in press coverage, and has outstanding leaping ability. Boldin runs good routes and has exceptionally strong hands. Edge: Even.

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