Scouts Inc. on...Portis vs. Pittsburgh

October, 30, 2008
10/30/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

 
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 Clinton Portis has his work cut out for him Monday against Pittsburgh.

In this week's visit to the film room, we check in with Scouts Inc. to break down Monday's intriguing matchup between Washington Redskins tailback and NFL leading rusher Clinton Portis and the Pittsburgh Steelers' top-ranked defense.

Here is comprehensive film analysis from Scouts Inc.'s Keith Kidd:

"This should be a great matchup between Clinton Portis and the Steelers' front seven that is allowing only 71.6 yards per game. Outside of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Portis has been unbelievable this season and is on pace for an MVP year. He is running with a lot of confidence, excellent vision and speed as a one-cut downhill runner in the Redskins' power-zone running schemes. He is very dangerous as a cutback runner, which will place a lot of pressure on the Steelers' gap control and discipline within their system. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will attempt to force quarterback Jason Campbell to attack through the air by shutting down the Redskins' running game with his multiple 3-4 attacking schemes. The Steelers linebacker core is extremely talented led left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and right outside linebacker James Harrison, who do a great job of setting the outside edges. And don't forget about strong safety Troy Polamalu who continues to play at a Pro Bowl level, too, especially against the run. In the end, I am going with the Steelers' front seven in this matchup because Portis is banged up, and he's going against a very physical Steelers defense that excels against the run."

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