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Ravens' pass rush perks up

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By Mike Wilkening

One early positive sign for the Ravens' defense that is potentially significant: Baltimore is taking down opposing quarterbacks more often than it did a season ago. Entering Week Six, the Ravens had 11 sacks and ranked No. 10 in sacks per opponent pass attempt. The Ravens are on pace to notch more sacks than they did a season ago, when they recorded just 27. Moreoever, they were last in sacks per opponent pass attempt in 2010. The Ravens' primary pass-rush threat, OLB Terrell Suggs, paces the club in sacks as he did a season ago, and eight other players have recorded at least half a sack, as many as in '10. Overall, the Ravens' pass defense has been solid thus far, even with injuries thinning the ranks at cornerback. Yet, how Baltimore continues to fare in this area, particularly against solid passing games that emphasize getting rid of the ball quickly, is an issue to watch.

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