Ravens hope to have sack party against Weeden

Ravens hope to have sack party against Weeden
September 12, 2013, 6:00 am
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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, three days before Sunday’s home opener against the Browns.

Two-minute topic: Will Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil have a sack party against the Browns?

OWINGS MILLS - Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was treated like a piñata during a Week 1 loss to the Dolphins - sacked six times and hit a total of 16 times.

 It’s easy to imagine outside linebackers Suggs and Dumervil salivating, watching the Browns on film. They are two of the NFL’s best pass rushers, and the Browns must prove they can protect Weeden from another beating.

“It’s something we’ve needed to address this week,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski during a Wednesday conference call. “We need to do a better job in protecting him, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that this week against an outstanding group of rushers. “They have a lot of different ways of beating you – a lot of different moves. Those guys are outstanding football players and pose quite a challenge.”

Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz struggled against the Dolphins, and the Ravens may target him as someone to attack. Peyton Manning torched the Ravens for seven touchdown passes last week, but Weeden is not Manning. The Ravens sacked Manning three times, and hope to unleash a stronger pass rush against Weeden.

“Pressure on Brandon Weeden is just as important as any other quarterback,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “We felt good about our pressure against Peyton Manning. We got there a few times. We had some other times where we got some hits on him. But it’s something we need to continue to build on.”

Weeden may still be sore from Sunday. Facing Suggs and Dumevil could add to Weeden's pain.

Morning thought: “Running the ball is something we’ve always been able to do around here, and I don’t see that stopping right now.”

Ravens RB Ray Rice, on being held to 36 yards on 12 carries in Week 1.

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