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Ravens will look to take advantage of Miller-, Dumervil-less Broncos pass rush

OWINGS MILLS - Led by Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, Denver's pass rush was a large part of what made the Broncos' defense as good as it was last year.
There were other talented players, but Miller and Dumervil were arguably the two biggest individual catalysts of what ended up ranked as the NFL's second-best defense during the regular season.
Led by Miller and Dumervil, the Broncos had the most sacks in the AFC. And aided by the pressure Miller and Dumervil provided, Denver ranked third-best in the NFL in pass defense.
But Miller is suspended and won't play Thursday against the Ravens. Dumervil now is with Baltimore. And what kind of pass rush the Broncos can generate without those two could go a long way in determining the outcome Thursday.
"They still have a great group of guys," Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "That's the thing that I think, oftentimes, people get lulled to sleep in this league. [If] you think you can go into that ballgame thinking you're not going to have a guy who can rush the passer, you're kidding yourself. They've got them and more."
Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips is probably the top pass rusher Baltimore will have to account for Thursday.
Phillips isn't considered the same caliber of pass rusher as either Miller or Dumervil, but he's been a productive pass rusher in the league for several years and, even at 31 years old, had 9.5 sacks with the San Diego Chargers last season.
The Broncos also have talented second-year defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, who had six sacks last year, and middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who had 5.5.
"They still have the same defensive coordinator," Ravens Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda said. "They're missing two guys, but it's still the same scheme. It's just different guys that we have to go against."
While Denver's pass rush seems significantly less dangerous without Miller and Dumervil, the Broncos do still have enough capable pass rushers to test Baltimore's offensive line.
"They've still got some good players," Ravens right tackle Michael Oher said. "They've got a great defensive coordinator. I'm pretty sure it will still be a tough game."

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