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Ravens' pass rush as good as advertised

OWINGS MILLS - Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden spent much of Sunday afternoon on the ground, and the game ended with Weeden injured and in the locker room.
Weeden was pressured, hit and sacked by the Ravens Sunday - constantly and consistently.
For as much as Baltimore may have issues with its offense or other facets of its defense, the Ravens' pass rush has been as good - if not better - than advertised through Baltimore's first two games.
"It's really what we wanted to do and really what we focused on in the offseason-getting to the quarterback," Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. "All of training camp we were able to do that. Hopefully we can continue to get better and continue to do that."
A year ago, Baltimore struggled to generate pressure at different points with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs sidelined by a torn Achilles tendon and later limited by the injury.
But Suggs is healthy and in possibly the best shape of his career. Ngata is healthy as well after dealing with knee and shoulder injuries last season. And the Ravens are getting what they hoped for in the pass rush from free agent additions Elvis Dumervil and Chris Canty.
Baltimore has eight sacks and 19 quarterback hits through its first two games.
The eight sacks are tied for fifth-most in the league. The Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied for the league-lead with nine sacks.
Against Cleveland Sunday, the Ravens sacked Weeden five times and had 12 quarterback hits.
According to Pro Football Focus, Baltimore had 23 quarterback hurries against the Browns, meaning the defense pressured or sacked Weeden on more than half of his 40 drop-backs.
"Baltimore has a good front," Weeden said. "They're tough to block."
Suggs and Dumervil have been particularly tough to block through two games.
Both had sacks against Cleveland, and both had sacks in the Ravens' first game against the Denver Broncos last week.
In all, Suggs and Dumervil have combined for four sacks and 10 quarterback hits thus far.
But Baltimore emphasized throughout the preseason that its pass rush would be especially dangerous this year because of having other capable pass rushers to go along with Suggs and Dumervil, and those other players have all made an impact as pass rushers as well.
Defensive end Chris Canty suffered a groin strain Sunday and missed much of the game, but he had a sack and three quarterback hits against the Broncos.
Defensive tackle Art Jones didn't play against Denver, but he had a sack versus Cleveland.
Ngata doesn't have any sacks so far, but he had two quarterback hits against the Browns.
The Ravens also got 1.5 sacks from inside linebacker Daryl Smith Sunday and a half-sack from rookie inside linebacker Arthur Brown.
"It's great," Dumervil said. "I have all these great guys around me. I've got Suggs on the other side, Haloti, Chris Canty. When you get three one-on-ones, you have to take advantage of that."
They have through the first two games.
And aided by the pass rush, Baltimore limited Weeden to just 174 passing yards on the 39 drop-backs that followed his long completion to tight end Jordan Cameron on the Browns' first play from scrimmage.
"We have a chance to be one of the best pass-rushing teams in the league," Harbaugh said. "We have to make that happen."

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