Ravens Can Exploit Steelers OL Injuries

No NFL player has sacked Ben Roethlisberger more than Terrell Suggs, who owns eight.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 am | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 13 vs Steelers

When the Ravens take the field at M&T Bank Stadium this weekend, they would do well to take advantage of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line woes.

Typical starting left tackle Max Starks is out for the year with a knee injury, so fifth-year fill-in Jonathan Scott has taken over for the last three games.

During that span, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 12 times.

Add in the fact that second-year player Ramon Foster took over during the last two weeks, creaky 13-year veteran Flozell Adams (back) is playing right tackle, the unreliable Chris Kemoeatu has the left guard position and rookie Maurkice Pouncey is the Steelers’ starting center, and there is opportunity for the Ravens up front.

But even though the group was flagged for six holding penalties last week in an overtime win against the Buffalo Bills – four against Kemoeatu – the Ravens aren’t taking things lightly, at least according to Baltimore linebacker and sack leader Terrell Suggs.

“That’s something for you all to assess,” Suggs told Pittsburgh reporters when asked about the Steelers’ O-line deficiencies.  “I don’t really like getting into all of that. I just know you guys are a great team. You can say whatever you want. You’re 8-3. Their personnel, when I line up I see black and gold, Pittsburgh Steelers. I know it’s that pack-a-lunch type thing.”

With Scott protecting Roethlisberger’s blind side, Suggs could reap the biggest benefits Sunday night.

The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Roethlisberger is notoriously difficult to bring down, but no NFL player has sacked Big Ben more than T-Sizzle, who’s dropped No. 7 eight times. Suggs has 11 career sacks vs. Pittsburgh, the most of all active players.

The Ravens have logged 11 sacks in their past six games with a solid amount of pressure in each contest.  Getting to Roethlisberger will be imperative.

Still, the Ravens give credit to how the Steelers’ line has operated with a patchwork unit thus far.

“The guys they put in are doing really well,” said defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.  “Jonathan Scott, who’s playing left tackle now, I think he’s trying to learn the guys around him, but he looks a lot more comfortable. Foster’s a big guy, and he’s getting off the ball.

“They’re not missing much, so hopefully we can make some plays on those guys.”

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