It seems on a weekly basis that Matt Birk must face a formidable opponent staring at him from the other side of the line of scrimmage.
That's why the Ravens center barely blinked when asked about Sunday's matchup with New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork in the AFC championship game, which will be the fourth contest between the two in the last three years.
"He's an awesome player," Birk said of the four-time Pro Bowler. "He's as good as all of the accolades. He's just a powerful guy, a real smart guy though, too. He has great feel for when you're leaning one way or another. Knows how to get the edge on you and use his strength on you. As usual, I'll have my hands full."
Wilfork has amassed 15 tackles and one pass breakup in those three meetings, but he has yet to register a sack or forced fumble. Wilfork said he won't underestimate the 35-year-old Birk.