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Big matchups Sunday with Revis-Megatron, McCoy-Suh

Darrelle Revis has faced Calvin Johnson once before, holding him to one catch for 13 yards in a 2010 Jets win, his lowest yards in the last four seasons.

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Darrelle Revis has faced Calvin Johnson once before, holding him to one catch for 13 yards in a 2010 Jets win, his lowest yards in the last four seasons.

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Two big storylines you'll read plenty about in the next four days before the Bucs-Lions games will be showdowns, with Tampa Bay corner Darrelle Revis trying to contain Lions star Calvin "Megatron" Johnson and a spotlight on two of the game's top young defensive tackles in Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh.

Revis has faced Johnson once before, holding him to one catch for 13 yards in a 2010 Jets win, his lowest yards in the last four seasons. Opposing quarterbacks sometimes avoid Revis' side of the field, but he'll have a busy day Sunday, guarding a receiver who leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,083) and touchdowns (11).

"It'll be a fun matchup for me and him, just to compete against each other and have fun with it," Revis said Wednesday. "He's tough. He's tough to cover. I'm sure he's looking forward to it as well as I am, and we'll see what happens."

Suh and McCoy were drafted with the No. 2 and 3 picks in the 2010 draft, and McCoy's first two NFL seasons were limited by injuries. Suh has 26.5 career sacks while McCoy has just 15, but McCoy has more this season, with a career-high six in 2013, ahead of McCoy's team-best 4.5.

"There is no comparison. He plays for Detroit, I play for Tampa. He's trying to help his team win. I'm trying to help mine," McCoy said. "There's not going to be a face-off between me and Suh, because we're both on defense. I will not face Suh in this game, or ever. I wish him the best and I'm sure he wishes me the best."

The two tackles know each other from the draft process in 2010, and McCoy had this to say about Suh: "He's a good guy. He's a cool cat, laidback. I just think he's just a real physical football player. How else are you supposed to play the game? I don't think he's dirty, I just think he's real physical. If this was 10 years ago, with the way he tackles people, nobody would think anything of it. As soon as you see a yellow flag now, it's a big deal. If there never was a flag thrown, nobody would be thinking 'Oh, this guy's dirty.' I think he's just a physical football player."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:33pm]

    

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