The list of opposing pass rushers Ronnie Stanley has faced is impressive, including the Houston Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cameron Heyward and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Calais Campbell.
Just as he faced Heyward and Steelers rookie T.J. Watt twice thus far, the Ravens starting left tackle will get a rematch with Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap in Sunday’s regular-season finale at M&T Bank Stadium. Stanley helped limit Dunlap to zero sacks and only one assisted tackle in the Ravens’ 20-0 shutout in Cincinnati on Sept. 10, but Stanley had difficulty remembering what he did so effectively.
“That was a long time ago,” Stanley said Thursday with a laugh. “I know me as well as [right tackle] Austin [Howard], we did a great job with our technique, and [quarterback] Joe [Flacco] did a great job of getting rid of the ball. I think we’ve definitely improved from that time.”
Dunlap, 6 feet 6, 280 pounds, has quietly enjoyed a solid year for the Bengals. He ranks third on the team in sacks with 6½ and is the only member of the defense to have two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.
In eight years, Dunlap has 62½ sacks to move into second place on the franchise’s career list. His eight sacks against the Ravens are the second-highest total he has collected against a single opponent, trailing only his 10 against the Cleveland Browns.