The pass-rushing prowess of
Although Hali has only generated nine tackles and one sack this season since returning from a one-game suspension for violating the
Hali recorded seven tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and a pass deflection against Baltimore, primarily rushing against left offensive tackle
"Great player, has a lot of different moves, has speed, power to bull rush," Oher said of Hali, who had a dozen sacks and four forced fumbles last season. "He does different things, he's capable of a variety of things. Whatever he does, he's going to do it fairly well."
It's a case of mutual respect between Oher and Hali.
A former Penn State standout, the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder wasn't inclined to brag about getting past Oher in the playoff game, or make assumptions that it's a precursor to how Sunday's matchup will unfold.
"Great athlete, good player, knows how to punch his hands," Hali said during a conference call. "He gets to the spot, forces you to make decisions, protects the inside very well, strong. Every year it's different, and guys prepare differently. They are doing things a little different.
"Hopefully, if we get in that type of game, I'll be able to use what I was able to do in prior years, but this year is a little different. Depending on how the game goes, it will be interesting on how he and I will match up for the entire game."
Hali is off to a quiet start to this season, but history suggests he'll rebound strongly.
For his career, Hali has 54 1/2 sacks and 22 forced fumbles.
“I hope so," Chiefs coach
Meanwhile, Oher is coming off arguably his worst game of the season, committing three penalties on two holding calls and one false start in last week's win over the
However, Oher shut out highly regarded
"We just need to continue to get better," Oher said. "We have to cut down penalties and get better in a lot of different aspects."
The Ravens have allowed nine sacks in four games, and will have more than Hali to concern themselves with Sunday.
The Chiefs also have left outside linebacker
A former University of Georgia player, Houston conducted a private workout for Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees heading into the
"They've got two guys," coach
"They are just both fast, speed edge rushers. They are both explosive athletic guys. They're more explosive, athetic type rushers more than power rushers, but they have power. They are just good players."
Predominantly running a 3-4 scheme, the Chiefs have 15 quarterback pressures this season.
"They get after the pass, they are great pass rushers off the edge," Ravens running back