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NFC guest analyst

By BRIAN LANDMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 28, 2001


Kurt Warner, the quarterback who led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title last year vs. Tennessee and was the MVP, spoke with staff writer Brian Landman about the Ravens-Giants matchup:

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I think they're very evenly matched, but I like Baltimore. I think the Ravens defense is a bit stronger. I think their defense has been more opportunistic; they've done a great job of putting their offense in positions to score, and Trent Dilfer has done a great job of not making mistakes this year.

Trent has matured to the point where he understands that if you just let the defense play, they're going to win a lot of games. They're going to put you in position to only have to make a few plays or maybe not even have to make any plays and still win the game. He's grabbed ahold of that and said, "That's my role." I think he understands that a little better than Kerry Collins understands that.

Collins, I think, feels he can go out and win a game offensively, and that's what it's going to come down to. Do they go with that and say, "Hey. We're going to try to score more points than them, we're going to attack them offensively with the idea they might make a couple plays against us, but we can score more points than their defense will be able to make up for?"

The 41-0 win against Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game at least shows they can do that, but I don't know if they can do that against this Baltimore defense.

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