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12-31-2010, 10:18 PM
The only matchups featured this week will be from games that have playoff implications, with one bonus matchup from the Vikings-Lions tilt.

Bengals at Ravens: Terrell Suggs vs. Andrew Whitworth
Whitworth is a very underrated player. He is very athletic and strong with good feet. He does a good job of getting his hands on you. He has to negate Suggs' pass-rush ability. To beat the Ravens, you have to be able to pass the ball. Suggs struggled last week against Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas, and Whitworth is another difficult challenge for him. Whitworth won the fan vote for AFC offensive tackles for the Pro Bowl, but was bumped out when the coaches' and players' votes were added (each comprises one-third of the selection process). Whitworth can't suffer a letdown against Suggs, however, because the linebacker has a great first step and the athletic ability to get around the edge. He needs to pressure Carson Palmer for Baltimore to win.

Steelers at Browns: Ike Taylor vs. Colt McCoy
Taylor is the Steelers' best cover corner and McCoy must also be aware of him coming off the edge at times to blitz. Taylor is very good at turning and running with receivers and has very good ball skills. He cannot afford to give up big plays because of Pittsburgh's lack of scoring. McCoy's first start came earlier this year against Pittsburgh, and he performed well. He has athletic ability to move around the pocket, good accuracy, is very smart, has a command of the huddle and players believe in him. He can sprint out and run. He needs to play well for the team to have a chance.