OWINGS MILLS - Knocking Chargers right tackle Jeromey Clary off-balance with a forceful blow to Clary's chest, Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger was free into San Diego's backfield for a first quarter sack of quarterback Philip Rivers.

Kruger finished Sunday with four tackles and the sack. He has sacks in three consecutive games.

Despite a slow start to the season, Kruger leads Baltimore with 5.5 sacks, four of which have come during the last three games.

"He can shake you. He can bull rush. It's kind of rare that you see an athlete like that," Ravens safety Bernard Pollard said of Kruger.

Pollard referred to Kruger as "White Lightning," comparing him to Vikings standout defensive end Jared Allen, widely regarded as one of the NFL's premier pass rushers.

Allen has seven sacks this season after recording 77.5 sacks during the previous five seasons, including an NFL-high 22 sacks last year.

Pollard was a teammate of Allen's with the Chiefs in 2006 and 2007.

"I told [Kruger] he reminds me a lot of Jared Allen," Pollard said. "I was in Kansas City with Jared. Jared is a bigger body than Kruger, but very similar with the hands, with the feet. Both are very smart players.

"Krug is capable of going out there and doing big things."

Kruger had six tackles, two sacks and an interception amid Baltimore's rout of the Raiders in Week 9, the beginning of his stretch of three straight games with a sack.

"Paul's playing really well," Harbaugh said. "The last two, three weeks he's really, really played well. He's been a huge impact in our sub-packages. He's getting better every week rushing the passer. He's [also] playing the run, especially in the sub-packages, really well."