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Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil looking to dominate Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert again

Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil looking to dominate Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert again
Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil after a sack of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

The last time Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil squared off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he bull-rushed Marcus Gilbert so violently that he launched him off his feet and the offensive tackle landed flat on his back.

Dumervil sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice during a 26-6 win at M&T Bank Stadium in the second game of the regular season.

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Now, the Ravens (5-3) are about to face the Steelers (5-3) for the second time this season Sunday night at Heinz Field. Dumervil will try to duplicate his dominance over Gilbert as the Ravens attempt to sweep the annual AFC North series.

"I'm going to rush the way I rush," Dumervil said. "When an opportunity presents itself, we'll see. I study every game. I know it's going to be a tough challenge like it was last time."

During that game, Roethlisberger completed just 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for a 64.8 quarterback rating. Gilbert hasn't forgotten the rough treatment he received from Dumervil, which included absorbing a powerful open-handed punch to the chest.

"I had this date circled," Gilbert told Pittsburgh reporters this week. "This game is personal."

Dumervil has 80 career sacks, including six of Roethlisberger and a forced fumble in seven career games against the Steelers.

"He's such a strong athlete," Dumervil said. "He can make the plays on the run, or sit in the pocket. So, he's a guy that we have to try to rat-pack and try to get to him as effectively as we can. It's a great challenge, a great opportunity on Sunday night. We're looking forward to it."

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