If the Ravens' offensive line keeps progressing, this unit could be very good by the end of the season.
Overall, with the exception of center
, the group is still young. But once you throw rookie offensive right tackle
and third-year left guard
into the mix, the line has made steady progress.
In the Ravens'
championship game loss to New England last season, the
dominated the Ravens' offensive line. But Sunday night, the Ravens overpowered New England while running the football.
The Ravens allowed some pressure on quarterback
, but not enough to affect the outcome of the game. Osemele,
and Birk worked combination blocks well and they controlled Patriots nose guard
Ravens left tackle
did a nice job on Patriots rookie defensive end
, who was signed specifically to put pressure on quarterbacks. He wasn't much of a factor.
Overall, the Ravens had 503 yards of total offense against New England, including 382 passing yards. New England hasn't had a great defense in years, but the Patriots were expected to take advantage of the Ravens' young offensive line.