Ravens' o-line becomes cohesive quickly
All across the NFL, from Kerry Collins in Indy, to the Titans offensive sluggishness, issues with Donovan McNabb's poor numbers in Minnesota, there was talk of how new faces in new places struggled to find a rhythm.
But none of that bothered the Baltimore Ravens offensive line, which did not play a single preseason snap together as a unit, as pointed out by Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. On Sunday, the new-look Ravens o-line dominated rival Pittsburgh, rushing for 170 yards and two scores in a 35-7 victory. Not bad under any circumstances, but more impressive considering the Steelers had the NFL's No.1 ranked rushing defense a year ago.
Baltimore signed Bryant McKinnie in August and installed him at left tackle, shifting Michael Oher back to the right side. Center Matt Birk missed all of preseason coming back from knee surgery and guard Marshal Yanda was out a good part of preseason with back spasms.
The Ravens were able to properly patch all the holes and on Sunday looked air tight in their ground game.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com