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Mike Preston: With dominant pass rush against Chargers, Ravens defense has reached new level

Mike Preston: With dominant pass rush against Chargers, Ravens defense has reached new level

The Ravens defense took its game to another level Saturday night in a 22-10 win against the Los Angeles Chargers.

For years, this team hasn’t been able to get a consistent pass rush, especially in big games against quality opponents, but the Ravens dominated the Chargers and pounded quarterback Philip Rivers.

The Ravens have been ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 defense in the NFL for most of the season, but defenses don’t become great until they can get pressure with their front four.

The Ravens achieved that Saturday night. Outside linebackers Terrell Suggs, Matthew Judon and Za’Darius Smith won their individual matchups with Los Angles...