The pass-rushing prowess of
Although Hali has only generated nine tackles and one sack this season, the
Hali recorded seven tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and a pass deflection in that game, primarily rushing against left 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'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, who missed the season opener due to a one-game suspension for violating the
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Hali wasn't inclined to brag about getting past Oher in the playoff game, or make assumptions that it's a precursor to how Sunday will unfold.
"Great athlete, good player, knows how to punch his hands," Hali said of Oher during a conference call. "He gets to the spot, forces you to make decisions, protects the inside very well, strong.
"Hopefully I'll be able to use what I was able to do in prior years, but this year is a little different. It will be interesting how he and I will match up for the entire game."
Hali is off to a quiet start, but history suggests he'll rebound strongly. For his career, he has 54.5 sacks and 22 forced fumbles.
Oher had his worst game of the season against the
"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."
Sunday could be tight ends' rebound day
For the first time since the start of last season, tight ends
Chances are that scenario won't play out again against Kansas City, which has surrendered touchdowns to tight ends in three of four games.
And Chiefs linebacker
"When talented players are out of the lineup, that plays to our advantage a little bit," Pitta said. "But we'll see who's out there on Sunday and see if we can take advantage."
Vulnerable up the middle
A converted left guard who had never started at center before, Lilja replaced
"Whoever lines up in front of him has to win that one-on-one matchup," Cody said.
"You had no issues with the quarterback-center exchange, shotgun snaps," Crennel said. "He handled it very well."
D. Reed on the mend
Intent on beating the odds and returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered last December, wide receiver-kick returner
"I'm right there," Reed said. "Lately, I'm feeling better than ever. I told coach [
Reed has a three-week window after the first six games to either return to practice and be placed on the active roster or go on injured reserve. He's sprinting and cutting, regaining confidence in his knee.
"I trust it, it's good," Reed said. "I can't wait. Once I get out there, I'll show them."
Different outlook for Cody
It's been a major adjustment time for Cody, and not in the way he wanted.
Beaten out for the starting job by veteran
Cody has played 79 snaps in four games with five tackles, one more than Kemoeatu, who has played 132 snaps.
"I'm staying patient," Cody said. "It really isn't a big issue who starts because the playing time is similar. It's a long season and anything can happen. We're winning, and I'm doing my part."
Although it's been a resurgent season so far for the special teams, the Ravens botched an extra point and allowed a season-long 40-yard punt return to