Here's a top matchup heading into Sunday's Bengals-Ravens game along with a take from Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.
Breakdown: The franchise's leader in sacks and forced fumbles, Suggs is looking to make the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. Suggs is tied for 13th in the NFL with six sacks, half of which came in the season opener. He hasn't had a sack in the past two games. Suggs' impact, though, goes beyond just sacks. He has two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Whitworth, a second-round pick in 2006, has given up 1.5 sacks this season. But he is coming off a below-average game by his standards. Last Sunday against Pittsburgh, Whitworth was called for two penalties: holding and hands to the face.
Williamson's take: "I think most know about Suggs, but not sure they realize what a complete player he is. He's great versus the run as well as rushing the passer. And he has improved dramatically in coverage. It could be argued that Whitworth is the best offensive tackle in the NFL (or Cleveland's Joe Thomas). He's nasty and not a finesse left tackle at all, like many of the pure pass-blockers. The Bengals love to run left -- as they should. I will call this a draw, but if I had to pick, I would give the slight edge to Whitworth. But Baltimore will also line up Suggs over right tackle Andre Smith and see what works best."