Brown: Offensive efficiency pushes Ravens to win
Rejuvenating their pass rush will be a point of emphasis for the Ravens next week. The Ravens did not sack Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday night. Terrell Suggs has now gone four straight games without a sack.
Were the Ravens (6-6) thrilled to beat the Steelers? No question. But coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens could not be satisfied with no sacks, even though Roethlisberger was adept at escaping the rush.
“The game plan was to get to him,” Harbaugh said. “Early in the game, he was stepping up and making too many plays, stepping up inside. He does such a great job moving around. Later in the game, he went sideways and made a couple of plays. He’s just hard to keep in the pocket. One time, he sat there forever and made a throw. He may be the toughest guy to defend in the pocket in football.”
Getting to Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will be a priority when the Ravens return to action Dec. 8. The pass rush should be one of the Ravens’ strengths. They are going to need it, facing Matthew Stafford (Lions), Tom Brady (Patriots), and Andy Dalton (Bengals) in the month of December.