Inside slant for Ravens against 49ers

<b>When the Ravens have the football:</b><BR>Anticipate offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh doing everything possible to exploit the 49ers behind NFL rushing leader Jamal Lewis' bruising style.&nbsp;

The passing game made a quantum leap a week ago under interim quarterback Anthony Wright and will now be counted upon even more. However, this matchup represents a case where the Ravens' newfound aerial act isn't as ideal as the running game against a swift, undersized defense that's great on the blitz, but doesn't tackle well.
Key matchup:
C Mike Flynn vs. DT Bryant Young
Young has a Pro Bowl reputation, but isn't playing at that level any more. He's sluggish and banged-up. Flynn and the Ravens' guards should be able to beat him to the punch and muscle him and fellow tackle Travis Kirschke out of the way.

When the 49ers have the football:
San Francisco will briefly attempt the gambit of sending running back tandem Garrison Hearst and Kevan Barlow at angles away from linebacker Ray Lewis. If that well dries up, the 49ers will rapidly get back to what makes them truly dangerous: Jeff Garcia throwing on the run to All-Pro Terrell Owens.
Key matchup:
CB Chris McAlister vs WR Terrell Owens
Ravens' athletic franchise player might be on the verge of earning his first Pro Bowl recognition if he can slow down one of the most talented, outspoken football players in the league.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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