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Ravens offensive line erases doubts while learning new scheme
Ravens offensive line erases doubts while learning new scheme

As remarkable as the demolition of Pittsburgh's proud defense was, the Ravens' offensive success on opening day was noteworthy for another reason: It marked the debut of their new zone blocking scheme. What had the potential to be a major issue early for the Ravens — their offensive line was in a serious state of flux — instead became a major advantage. Who knew that new left tackle Bryant McKinnie didn't need any preseason snaps to handle the Steelers' James Harrison and open big holes for running back Ray Rice? Who knew that center Matt Birk, with maybe five practices on his surgically-repaired left knee, would hold up so well that he didn't even...

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