The Rivalry: Matchup of the day

The AFC North blog will take a look at a matchup each day leading up to Sunday night's game between the NFL's biggest rivals -- the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers -- and get a take from Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.


WHO: Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey vs. Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody

BREAKDOWN: This could be the early beginnings of a long-running matchup. Pouncey is in his second season after reaching the Pro Bowl in his first. He was the 18th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Cody is in his first season as a starter after the Ravens released Kelly Gregg for salary-cap reasons. Cody was a second-round pick (57th overall) in the 2010 draft. He has 14 tackles for the third-ranked run defense.

WILLIAMSON'S TAKE: "Cody has really improved in Year 2. He is obviously a fantastic power player that occupies a ton of space. He is just tough to move. I like Pouncey, but I do think he is a bit overrated. He will need help to move Cody, but he is also much more athletic to seal Cody. But the problem then becomes Haloti Ngata. Obviously, Ngata is an amazing player, but if you can't dedicate enough attention to him because of all the blocking you have to assign to Cody, then you are in REAL trouble."