One factor in the Kansas City Chiefs' improvement to 39 sacks this season from 22 in 2009 has been the performance of outside linebacker Tamba Hali.
The former first-round pick in 2006 wrapped up the regular season with 14½ sacks, which was tops in the AFC and second in the NFL to Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware's 15½ takedowns.
The primary task of cutting off Hali in Sunday's AFC Wildcard game falls on Ravens left tackle Michael Oher."He's legit," Oher said of Hali. "He's a pretty good player. He's going to be a challenge the entire game."
Hali has been known to line up on the left side of the Chiefs defensive front and even as an inside linebacker in the defense's 3-4 scheme. Oher said the offense must be aware of Hali's presence.
"The guy goes after the ball non-stop," he said. "He has all the tools. He's a great player."