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Doug Farrar

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Steelers' Slight Edge

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If you're talking about those particular pairs of players, I'd give the slight edge to Polamalu and Harrison, because Polamalu has been the most dynamic defensive player in the NFL this season, and Harrison's ability to terrify opposing quarterbacks off the edge set the table for that again and again.

While Lewis is still a master of the run blitz, and he sets the table for that great Baltimore defense, Harrison is playing at a level that makes him just about unblockable -- at least by legitimate means. I don't think there's a player who gets more uncalled holds put on him. And while Reed is maybe the best "centerfielder" and interception playmaker ever, Polamalu can hurt your offense in so many ways -- in coverage, shooting through gaps to tackle a back, or blowing up a play with a perfectly-timed blitz.

You couldn't put a thin piece of paper between the NFL's two best defenses, but I think that the Steelers' leaders have the slight edge.

By Doug Farrar  |  January 14, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  | Category:  Baltimore Ravens , Doug Farrar , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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