TOUGH TEST FOR TAYLOR

Let's face it, defensive end Jason Taylor should have been selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team.<P>He will get a big opportunity Sunday to show all the voters — players, coaches and fans — they missed the boat when he goes up against a perennial Pro Bowler, Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden.

It is one of the biggest individual matchups of Sunday's wild-card playoff game between the Ravens and Dolphins, and one Taylor definitely is ready for.

"He's the best in the game at left tackle and it will be fun to go up against him," Taylor said. "It'll be a battle, and I'm looking forward to it."

At first glance, the one-on-one matchups pits Taylor's speed against the 6-foot-8 Ogden's size. But both players didn't get to where they are in the NFL by being one-dimensional.

As Coach Dave Wannstedt pointed out, Ogden is more than just big, while Taylor's game involves more than just speed.

"It'll be a good matchup with two Pro Bowl players going at each other," Wannstedt said. "The two guys are good athletes, they're veteran guys. There'll be a lot of good matchups on the field, and that's definitely one to watch. I know Jason likes a challenge, and he'll be up for it."

In case you're wondering how the battle played out when the Dolphins beat Baltimore 19-6 at Pro Player Stadium early last season, we can tell you that Taylor finished with six tackles and 2.5 sacks.

A repeat performance certainly would bode well for the Dolphins.


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