The Ravens might not be in bad shape with Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele at offensive tackle. I wrote all week about how the Ravens would be tested by the Eagles, who were tied for the NFL lead last season with 50 sacks, and they definitely got a passing grade Sunday afternoon. The Ravens surrendered two sacks to the Eagles and allowed quarterback Joe Flacco to get hit hard on a couple of plays -- Flacco looked to be in pain as he changed clothes after the game -- but they should avoid criticism after the offensive implosion we chatted about two items ago. The line usually gave Flacco three seconds to make a play, but there weren't many plays there to be made. Still, it certainly didn't look like that was going to be the case early in the game. On the team's second offensive play and Flacco's first pass attempt of the afternoon, Eagles defensive end Trent Cole blew by left tackle Michael Oher and sacked Flacco, swatting the ball out of his right hand as he hit the quarterback. The Eagles recovered and scored a touchdown not long after. "He just knocked my hands down. I tried to push him by [Flacco], but he got his hand in there at the last second to knock the ball out, Oher said in a quiet Ravens locker room after the game. I thought for sure that it would be a sign of things to come for Oher and the offensive line, and I say that with nothing against them; the Eagles are fast, athletic and deep on the defensive line and their star defensive ends, Cole and Jason Babin, will give a lot of teams trouble. After all, those two combined for 29 sacks last season. Oher has struggled with speed rushers in the past, and we still are learning about rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele (pictured), who was asked to deal with Babin over at right tackle. But the whole offensive line, with those two guys in particular, has shown through two games that the Ravens coaching staff made the right move by sending former left tackle Bryant McKinnie to the bench. We will see if the offensive line continues to play well or if Oher, Osemele or left guard Ramon Harewood ends up getting exposed. But you have to feel good about the Ravens allowing just five sacks to the Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals, who both ranked in the top five in sacks in 2011.
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