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October 22, 2008
Best cornerback alive

ALAMEDA - With Denver cornerback Champ Bailey out with a groin injury, there's no questioning where the best cornerback in football plays.

That would be Nnamdi Asomugha, who sees about as many passes thrown at him as I do on gameday.

Here's what Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said of Asoumgha during this morning's conference call (and by the way, he pronounced Asomugha correctly. You should here are the name gets butchered sometimes).

"I'm pretty sure there's not a better corner in the NFL than (Asomugha)," Harbaugh said. "...He does it all. He plays the run. He gets off blocks. He's always in position, zone or man, he's just a complete player."

*The Raiders vs. Ravens pits Oakland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan against his twin brother, Rex.

Baltimore ranks No. 2 in total defense, No. 4 against the pass and No. 1 against the run.

The Raiders are 26th in total defense, 22nd against the pass and 24th against the run.

*Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is 6-6 and listed at 230 pounds. He's the same height as JaMarcus Russell and it's not often Flacco encounters a QB that can look him eye-to-eye.

"Big Ben (Roethlisberger) is pretty big," Flacco said. "A lot of these guys are equivalent size. JaMarcus just weighs so much."

For the record, Russell is listed at 260 pounds.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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