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    AFC Guest analyst

    By JOANNE KORTH

    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 25, 2001


    ESPN analyst Kevin Greene played in Super Bowl XXX as a linebacker with the Steelers. He spoke with staff writer Joanne Korth about the Super Bowl matchup.

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    If the Baltimore defense can do to the New York passing attack and running attack what it has done all year long, it will be a long day for the Giants. Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer doesn't make mistakes. He makes wise decisions. And if the Ravens don't turn the ball over they have a chance because of their powerful defense.

    The X-factor is the Giants defense. If the Giants rise up and play extremely well, cause turnovers, cause Dilfer to throw interceptions or fumble, it will be interesting. The points are going to come from defenses. I don't see any long drives. The defenses have to either score on turnovers, or give the offenses great field position. I like Giants offensive lineman Lomas Brown against defensive lineman Michael McCrary. I like Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan against offensive lineman Harry Swayne. But the Giants have to get a block on linebacker Ray Lewis. The problem is, you have tackles Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams in the middle taking up two blocks each. That's four people right there. And if you block those guys one-on-one, they will make the tackle.

    I don't know if the Giants can go deep on this team, either. You've got a perennial Pro Bowl player in safety Rod Woodson and corners Chris McAlister and Duane Starks are pretty good. Robert Bailey comes in on second and third down, and he's no slouch, either. They don't have a lot of weaknesses.

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