Ravens pass rush vs. Saints offensive line
This matchup got a whole lot more intriguing this week, when left guard Andrus Peat was ruled out for Sunday’s game with a concussion and Larry Warford was listed as questionable with a back injury.
That means the Saints could potentially be without both starting guards. And while their tackle tandem of Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk is one of the best in the NFL when it comes to pass blocking, the Ravens have a way of finding the weaknesses in another team’s protection unit.
Baltimore set a franchise record with 11 sacks last week against Tennessee. It enters its game against the Saints with an NFL-high 26 sacks this season, 16 of which have come in the last two weeks.
“Well, they have a lot of good pass rushers, so a lot of good matchups for them,” said quarterback Drew Brees (9). “It is obviously something they’ve done well for a very long time. They do it well with their (defensive line), their front four so to speak and then, obviously, from the linebacker position as well.
“It’s a 3-4 defensive structure, so bigger body guys, strong, powerful. You feel like that’s been their scheme for a very long time and they’ve always been really good at it.”
The key to this may be getting Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram going on the ground, preventing the Ravens defense from being able to tee off on Brees in obvious passing situations. A healthy chunk of the Ravens sacks this season have come on third downs.