Ravens DT Haloti Ngata vs. Patriots C Ryan Wendell
Patriots fans were pleasantly surprised with Ryan Wendell last year, who took over as the starting center after years as a backup guard. He anchored a line that allowed Tom Brady to be pressured on just 25 percent of his throws, the second-lowest percentage for any starting quarterback last year, a unit that also opened lanes for the NFL's seventh-best rushing attack.
Haloti Ngata, however, has the ability to wreck it all. There are very few NFL defensive tackles that have the ability to eat up blockers like Vince Wilfork, but Ngata is one of those players. Not only is he a big, strong presence as a two-gap defensive tackle occupying two or sometimes three offensive linemen, but he also has underrated quickness and lines up all over the defensive line for the Ravens.
For that reason, this isn't necessarily a one-on-one matchup. Sure, Wendell will have to line up head-to-head with Haloti at times, but Wendell will also be responsible for accounting for where Ngata lines up and adjusting the protection accordingly.