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Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil tied for second in the NFL in sacks

Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil tied for second in the NFL in sacks
Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and Lardarius Webb chase after Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter of their Oct. 19 game. Dumervil eventually sacked Ryan on the play. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Using a powerful bull rush, a crisp spin move and his speed off the edge, Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is tied for second in the NFL with seven sacks.

Dumervil is tied with the Buffalo Bills' Marcell Dareus, the Minnesota Vikings' Everson Griffen, the Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston, the Denver Broncos' DeMarcus Ware and the Chicago Bears' Willie Young. Only Denver's Von Miller (nine sacks) has more.

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Heading into Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, Dumervil is competing for his second career NFL sack title. He led the NFL with a career-high 17 sacks in 2009 while playing for the Broncos. Nearly midway through the regular season, he's on pace to finish the season with 16 sacks.

The Ravens recorded no sacks or quarterback hits during their first meeting with the Bengals, a 23-16 defeat to open the season at M&T Bank Stadium.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been sacked five times this season, three times during a 28-0 loss Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts. The Ravens have 10 sacks and 24 quarterback hits over the past two games, led by 3.5 sacks in that span from Dumervil.

"The first couple weeks have been more of a hit-and-kind-of-getting-to-the-guy [stage], and then, obviously, sacks come in bunches," Dumervil said. "True sack artists know that. So we just have to continue to be disruptive. And, obviously, the guys in the back end helping us with coverage is definitely huge."

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