Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker analyzes the Ravens after their season opener, a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.
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4. If you're looking for buried promise, look to the pass rush.( Karl Ferron, Baltimore Sun / September 5, 2013 )
The Ravens didn't exactly make life uncomfortable for Peyton Manning. But Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil did show glimmers of the havoc they might unleash on other quarterbacks.
On Suggs' one sack, Dumervil occupied two blockers, allowing Suggs to beat an elite tackle, Ryan Clady, one-on-one. After years of facing multiple blockers on passing downs, Suggs has to be excited to line up with another top rusher. He looks to be in sensational shape and primed for a strong comeback season.
Dumervil, meanwhile, is a joy to watch because his effort is so apparent in everything he does. On his sack of Manning, he simply fought his way around the end until he made the play. That's how a 5-foot-11 guy becomes a high-end sack artist.
Chris Canty isn't on their level as a rusher, but he also recorded a sack and put another big hit on Manning, showing the kind of counterpoint he can be with so much attention focused on Suggs and Dumervil.
Despite Manning's gaudy numbers, there is plenty of hope for this overhauled defense to be better than the 2012 version.