OWINGS MILLS - Through six games, Terrell Suggs has seven sacks. Elvis Dumervil has five.
The Ravens signed Dumervil in March enthusiastic about the potential of pairing a pass rusher the caliber of Dumervil with a healthy Suggs.
And so far this this season, Suggs has looked like a potential candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and Dumervil has been the same consistently disruptive presence off the edge that he was so for so many years with the Broncos.
"[They] are exceptional," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said during a conference call. "Elvis has been in the league for a while, and I've played against him out in Denver, so I know what he brings. They are two premier pass rushers in this league."
And they have looked the part of the consistently impactful pass rushing tandem that Baltimore hoped they would be when it signed Dumervil.
Among outside linebacker or defensive end tandems, the Chiefs' Justin Houston and Tamba Hali lead the NFL with 16 combined sacks. Suggs and Dumervil are second with 12.
Suggs' seven sacks are fourth-most in the NFL. Dumervil's five are tied for eighth-most.
"[We are] really pleased with our defensive front, our front seven," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Our defense is doing a lot of good things. ...
"But if you want to pinpoint Elvis and Terrell and Courtney [Upshaw] and Pernell [McPhee] - those guys coming off the edge - you'd have to say those guys are playing really, really well, and they're putting a lot of pressure on the people we're playing."
Not that the Ravens haven't had good pass rushers at outside linebacker to go along with Suggs before.
Jarret Johnson provided value more so against the run, but Adalius Thomas had 28 sacks from 2004 to 2006, and Paul Kruger had 13.5 sacks last season, including the four playoff games.
But Dumervil has been considered one of the better pass rushers in the league for several years, and he continues to be that same type of impact player.
He has at least one sack in four of Baltimore's first six games. And against the Packers on Sunday, he had two strip-sacks and an additional quarterback hit. For last week, he received the grade in the NFL among defensive players from Pro Football Focus and by far the highest grade as a pass rusher.
"We expected a lot when we got him," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "He's a heck of a player. The guy has got extraordinary balance, power and, for not a real tall guy, long arms, and he knows how to use them. I think he plays with great leverage [and] has got good speed. He's as advertised I think."