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AFC guest analyst: Steve Tasker


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001

Steve Tasker, a former receiver and standout kick returner at Northwestern, played 12 seasons for the Bills (1986-97), including in all four of their Super Bowls, and appeared in seven Pro Bowls. He works for NFL Insider Magazine and is an analyst for CBS. He talked with staff writer Brian Landman about the Super Bowl.

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I like Baltimore because of its defense and the ability of Jermaine Lewis to make something happen on special teams. If Jermaine doesn't break a big one, he certainly can put the Ravens in position to get an easy field goal and, in this game, a field goal can loom very large.

I don't think either team will score more than 20. If one team does, it will win.

I've never seen a team depend on its defense as much (as the Ravens). They've got an offense that at times doesn't even seem like it tries to score. Just move the ball, get some field position and give the defense a chance to make a play. They've moved the chains, and every once in a while, you've seen Shannon Sharpe do something spectacular. It's my hunch that (Brian) Billick is going to ask Trent Dilfer to do a little more in this game, and it'll come down to how he responds.

Kerry Collins is going to have to make the same plays he made against the Vikings. You can't run on them. That puts it onto his shoulders.

But I also think the Ravens offense is going to be in the same predicament. They're going to have to put the ball up every third down, maybe even more. I think it could come down to special teams and, if it does, I give the edge to Baltimore.

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