Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole burst past Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher early in the first quarter Sunday, dashing into the backfield to sack Joe Flacco and force a fumble recovered by defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.
Although Flacco would only be sacked one more time during the Ravens' 24-23 loss at Lincoln Financial Field, on a blitz from linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the quarterback was under duress throughout the game.
"We can get a lot better," Oher said. "We gave up too many pressures."
Cole and fellow defensive end Jason Babin, who was mostly blocked by rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele, combined for 29 sacks last season, but finished with a total of two tackles Sunday. For the most part, the Ravens' offensive line seemed to hold their own with only a few lapses.
"Those guys are great coming off the edge," Oher said. "They're good players. We got to go back and look at the film and get better. We got to give them a lot of credit. They're good defensive ends and good pass rushers."
Flacco completed 22 of 42 passes for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception, going 14-for-17 for 92 yards in the first half.
However, Flacco only went 8-for-25 for 140 yards in the second half.
His receivers rarely created much separation, especially Anquan Boldin (two catches for 7 yards) and Torrey Smith (two catches, 51 yards), as they were targeted a total of nine times for a combined four receptions for 58 yards.
After reviewing the game, coach John Harbaugh wasn't particularly down on the offensive line.
The Ravens' next test is Sunday against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. The Patriots have three sacks this season, including one from first-round pick Chandler Jones, the younger brother of Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones.
"The offensive line played pretty well," Harbaugh said. "At times, there were one-on-one matchups that got us a little bit in the second half, especially that were pretty good players rushing against some younger guys, which is going to be part of the learning process for some of those guys. We
will keep building off of that.”