Ravens hope to crank up pass rush against Steelers after being stonewalled by Bengals

Ravens had zero sacks and quarterback hits against the Bengals in 23-16 loss

  • Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs brings down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs brings down Steelers quarterback… (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore…)
September 11, 2014|By Aaron Wilson | The Baltimore Sun

When the Ravens' pass rushers went after Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on Sunday, they got stonewalled by his blockers.

The Ravens finished with zero sacks and zero quarterback hits in the 23-16 defeat, as Dalton had plenty of time to operate.

The Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at M&T Bank Stadium and will need to generate pressure against star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

"Yeah, we got to do a better job of trying to get to him," said outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil,  who had one tackle in the opener. "Obviously, Big Ben is a difficult guy to get to. We've got our work cut out for us.

"We've got to try to rat-pack him. He's a big guy. He's a talented guy. He can throw on the run. It's going to take a lot of big bodies to get to him. He can shake you off and still make the throw. It will be a great challenge for us."

Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had five tackles in the opener, but didn't get the job done as a pass rusher. Suggs does have an extremely strong track record against Roethlisberger, though. Suggs has sacked him 16.5 times, including the playoffs, more than any other NFL defender against Roethlisberger.

"We both like to compete against each other," Suggs said. "There's a respect thing there. I have to say that their coach and their offensive line coach are doing a great job of tending to me, whether they're chipping guys, sliding guys.

"They never really do the old Ravens-Steelers [way] where they just smash-mouth our 11 versus your 11, but that's fine. They want to go with the spread [offense], and everybody wants to see touchdowns and screens and the circus, I like to call it. We're going to prepare for all of that."

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