NFL Mismatches in Week 6

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson will delight in sending waves of blitzers after Quincy Carter.

Updated: October 10, 2003, 4:46 PM ET
By By Ryan Early | NFL Insider
Pro football is predicated on individual match ups. Coaches seek out a matchup in their favor and devise a game plan to take advantage. Each week we preview one lopsided matchup that should make an impact on the game, either through its exploitation or in changing a team's plans to try to compensate.

Panthers at Colts
WR Marvin Harrison vs. CB Terry Cousin
Coming off a splendid Monday night game where the best wide receiver in football, a moniker earned by Marvin Harrison regardless of Keyshawn Johnson's opinion, brutalized the defending Super Bowl champs, Harrison will once again be a key factor in going up against one of the league's other great defenses. Harrison lines up predominantly on the right hand side, so that he can concentrate on going against a specific cornerback for the majority of the game. Terry Cousin will be wary of Harrison's speed and will give him a large cushion, but Harrison will use that space to move laterally, and pick up even more separation from Cousin by moving through the traffic in the middle of the field. The Colts will often go to three wide receivers to take advantage of the Panthers nickel cornerback, and will seek an even bigger mismatch at times by letting Harrison line up in the slot.

Chiefs at Packers
LT Willie Roaf vs. DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
Both teams' offenses have plenty of mismatches to take advantage of, pointing to a rather high scoring game at Lambeau Field on Sunday. But what really stands out is that the Chiefs have an advantageous mismatch at every position along their offensive line, headlined by the 315-pound Roaf blowing back the 255-pound "KGB" on running plays. Gbaja-Biamilla has made two sacks so far this year, and is playing the run well, but not when teams go straight at him. And not late in games as he is still struggling with his conditioning in his first year as a full-time starter. At 33, Roaf isn't the dominant pass blocker from earlier in his career. But he is incredibly smart and knows how to get his hands on a smaller defender and control him with leverage and proper technique. Look for Priest Holmes to have an above average game this week.

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