Elvis Dumervil applies heat to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 12, 2014 | 12:42 AM
Elvis Dumervil wanted to make Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger uncomfortable standing for very long in the pocket.
The former Pro Bowl outside linebacker succeeded in his mission during the Ravens' emotional 26-6 victory over the Steelers on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
Dumervil barreled into the backfield to sack Roethlisberger twice, driving the quarterback into the ground for combined losses of 15 yards. Roethlisberger completed just 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for a 64.8 quart4erback rating.
"We're just trying to get off the ball and be disruptive," Dumervil said. "As a rusher, you just want to be annoying. Just come out here and just get pressure and, as you keep hammering, the door will come down."
It was a dramatic turnaround for the Ravens' defense after finishing with zero sacks and zero quarterback hits Sunday during a 23-16 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals where quarterback Andy Dalton enjoyed having plenty of time to operate.
"Ben is a very difficult guy to get to," Dumervil said. "The offensive is pretty good, too."
Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had three tackles and one quarterback hit, but it was Dumervil who had the most impressive performance rushing the passer.
This marked Dumervil's 23rd multi-sack game going back to 2006 when he entered the NFL with the Denver Broncos.
"We played good fundamental defense," Suggs said. "We didn't give up big plays, and we didn't give up a touchdown."
Meanwhile, Upshaw delivered a big hit to Roethlisberger on the Steelers' third play from scrimmage where he and Dumervil collided with the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. Upshaw was flagged for roughing the passer because he led with the crown of his helmet into Roethisberger's chest, nullifying the sack.
"I didn't even know they called it on me until I got to the sideline," Upshaw said. "It felt good. I just wanted to make some plays and that so happened to get me started with the big hit.