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1. On pressuring Peyton Manning: "Definitely, you don’t want Peyton Manning getting comfortable in the pocket. He’s definitely one of the best quarterbacks in the league. So, you’ve got to have pressure. You don’t want him to get comfortable. Then, it turns into a seven-on-seven and he’ll pick you apart. So, pressure is definitely a big part of the game."
2. On trying to rattle Manning: "You definitely want to try. He’s one of the toughest quarterbacks to rattle. You’ve just kind of got to get in his flow and see what he wants to do. Once you find out what he wants to do, you have to try your best to take that away from him. I’m going to try and get in his flow, see what he’s doing and we’ll play some football."
3. On playing against Manning last year: "He gets the ball out pretty quick. I got there on some good moves and he still got the ball off. So, he’s definitely got a quick trigger getting the ball out. It’s just key to get there early because he’s really going to get the ball out. If you get there quick, then your defense has a chance. But if you don’t, he’s going to pick it apart."
Three downs with Dwight Freeney
1. On the difference between defending Jamal Lewis and Larry Johnson: "For the most part, it’s all about us making sure we have good gap integrity and we are where we are supposed to be when we’re in position to make a play. It’s not really about, ‘OK, we have Larry Johnson and this week we have Jamal.’ Jamal is a great runner, a hard runner, he likes to run downhill, loves to make that big collision and continue his momentum. Really, it’s about us making the tackles."
2. On the atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium: "Regardless of where we’re playing, it’s a playoff atmosphere. Regardless if it was played in Baltimore or played in Indy, we know it’s going to be rowdy. It’s going to be loud and you’re going to have to just block that out. At the end of the day, the crowd is not out there playing the game. We are. When that whistle blows, we have to go out there and perform and play the way we know how to play."
3. On Colts safety Bob Sanders: "You understand that he brings a certain presence. People vote for him to go to the Pro Bowl for a very good reason, because he plays hard every play and he hits you hard. What that does is it brings a presence for receivers to understand that they may not run the same route and for running backs maybe not run the same way in fear of the fact that he will come up and clean you up and finish you up."
Going back to 2001, Derrick Mason ranks fourth in the NFL in catches for first downs with 338 of his 497 overall receptions going for first downs. This season, 45 of his 68 catches have moved the chains with 20 coming on third-down situations and another two to convert fourth downs. Of those 338 first downs, 102 have come in the fourth quarter. Fifteen of his 32 touchdowns have been in the fourth quarter.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland