The Ravens' offensive line held up well overall as they surrendered just three quarterback hits.

"We got the victory, and Joe had decent time to throw the ball on a lot of plays," Oher said. "That's what we want. That's one of the best defenses we'll see all year. Those guys are great across the board. They do a great job at a lot of different things."

The Ravens had allowed four sacks against the Chiefs, but had much better pass protection this game.

"We did a good job all day up front," said Flacco, who completed 17 of 26 passes for 234 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a 106.9 quarterback rating. "They're a pretty physical defense. They're a good defense, and they've got guys that can get to the passer. So, I think we did a good job all day of limiting that and getting the ball out of my hands. I think our receivers did a good job of beating the coverage pretty quickly, so I didn't have to hold onto it too long."

On the sack by Ware, offensive guard Bobbie Williams, who started his first game in replacing Ramon Harewood, got bull-rushed to the ground by defensive tackle Jason Hatcher.

"I think I did pretty well," Williams said. "I did trip that one play. I always think you can do better. I'm going to beat this film up and find a way."

Rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele allowed two sacks and four quarterback pressures against the Chiefs, but did fairly well against outside linebacker Victor Butler. He allowed one pass deflection.

The Ravens' line received some sharp criticism last week from the coaching staff.

"We knew we had a challenge," said Osemele, a second-round draft pick. "Coach [Harbaugh] kind of called us out a bit. We responded and answered the bell, pride on the line and everything."

End zone

The Cowboys built a commanding time of possession advantage, 40:03 to 19:57, as they outgained the Ravens in total offense with 481 yards to 316 yards. "It's important," Harbaugh said. "I always believe it starts with the defense. You take it on your own shoulders and say, 'Let's get off the field.'" ... Harbaugh saluted Orioles manager Buck Showalter before kickoff. Showalter was an honorary game captain. "I looked back and 'Bam,' there he was," Harbaugh said. "It's like, 'That's Buck Showalter. Hey, Buck. I think you're great.' I said, 'Hey, we've got to talk.'"

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