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Ravens' Elvis Dumervil dominates Titans, up to 10.5 sacks for season

Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil, bottom, sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil, bottom, sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil used a powerful bull-rush and a crisp rip move to good effect, busting through and around former teammate Michael Oher.

Dumervil led the Ravens with 2.5 sacks Sunday during a 21-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. The former Pro Bowl pass rusher leads the team with 10.5 sacks for the season.

"I knew he was going to come out and compete, I think he did a great job," Dumervil said when asked if it was easy to get past Oher, who signed a four-year, $20 million free-agent contract with the Titans in March. "I really had to fight hard and try to get there. I've got a tremendous amount of respect for Michael Oher.

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"It was a tough battle as always. I'm sore, it was hard. Michael Oher is a good player, and he competed every play. So, it wasn't easy."

Dumervil is on pace to tie his career-high 17 sacks established in 2009 with the Denver Broncos and break a Ravens single-season franchise record after Peter Boulware had 15 sacks in 2001.

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"I think I'm being utilized correct here," Dumervil said. "Coverage has been great. Obviously, when you're playing opposite a guy like Terrell Suggs, it really helps."

Suggs had 1.5 sacks and now has 99.5 for his career. He has five sacks this season.

"You get to three digits, 100 sacks, I think those are yellow jacket [Hall of Fame] type of accolades," Dumervil said. "He's been a great player for a long time. Whenever you get to almost 100 sacks, that's a hell of an accomplishment."

Meanwhile, Oher said he was well-received by Ravens fans.

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"I didn't get any trash-talking or anything like that," Oher said. "I guess they appreciated what I did when I was here."

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