After all the scrutiny on the offensive line this preseason, the uncertainty of which five linemen would start in the season opener, and the surprise when
Now the Ravens are preparing for a much different challenge — one of the league's quickest and deepest defensive lines. Last weekend, the
"It's amazing," said Ravens coach
Babin was third in the NFL in 2011 with 18 sacks and Cole had 11, making them the only pair of teammates to record more than 10 sacks each. Philadelphia tied for the league lead with 50.
"Those guys are so explosive and play with such great intensity," Ravens center
Against the Browns on Sunday, the Eagles swarmed Weeden, sacked him twice and intercepted him four times. He completed just 12 of 35 throws for 118 yards and had a passer rating of 5.1.
Babin, who will line up across from rookie right tackle
"Babin and Cole are just tremendous pass rushers. When they put them out wide, these two just crash the corners, and they're lethal," said CBS analyst
Osemele, a 2012 second-round pick, started at right tackle in his first NFL game. He was joined in the starting five by Harewood — virtually a rookie himself after spending his first two seasons on injured reserve. Harewood was a surprise starter at left guard over veteran Bobbie Williams.
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One key aspect will be the "wide-nine" alignment the Eagles sometimes use in which the defensive linemen shift about a foot farther to the outside and the ends tilt toward the quarterback (the numerical name is a nod to the technique the ends play). The purpose is to get quick penetration.
"Just the width itself, [they set] the trap of trying to make a lineman think that they have to come out to block you, and now you get beat inside," Cameron said of the wide-nine, which became a buzz phrase in Philadelphia last season. "These guys, they don't stay blocked. They're athletic. They're explosive. They get off the ball probably as good as anybody in the league."
Also, the Eagles will likely rotate several defensive linemen, including rookie tackle
But there are ways for Cameron to keep some of Philadelphia's tricks in the bag. By using the no-huddle, the Ravens can keep the Eagles from rotating in fresh defensive linemen. And the wide-nine will at times open up wide inside running lanes for
"It will be really hard to run our outside zone plays on them because the wide-nine is so hard to get around because they are so wide — they're cocked and they just come crashing down," guard