Offensive Line Passes Difficult Test

August 20, 2012 | Jeffrey Gilley

Most offensive lineman have trouble sleeping the day before a game against the Detroit Lions.  The combination of Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Cliff Avril is almost as scary as spelling their names.

Suh and Failey have all the talent in the world.  The sky truly is the limit for those two players.  If Detroit can keep them happy in regards to their contract situations, the two could become the next Williams Wall.

With the recognition Suh receives, Avril and Vanden Bosch often go unnoticed and dont receive the credit they deserve.  Both are high energy players with a lot of pass rushing ability.

Detroit’s defensive line is among the best in football and many Ravens fans were truly concerned after the woeful performance against the Falcons.  But the Ravens clearly made strides in a short amount of time.  In fact, none of the Lions starters registered a sack against the Ravens first team offensive line.

The only remaining question for the Ravens offensive line is Bryant McKinnie.  McKinnie has taken reps with the first team during practice but has yet to play a series with them in a preseason game.  If McKinnie can return, the Ravens offensive line can truly start to gell.

If and when McKinnie returns to the first team offense, Michael Oher will move back to right tackle where he is more suited to play.  The duo of Oher and Marshal Yanda on the right side will give Rice more holes to run through and Joe Flacco more time to survey the field.

If the Ravens want to make it back to the AFC Championship, and hopefully, the Super Bowl, the offensive line must perform at a high level throughout the season.  The Ravens will be facing very talented and proven pass rushers this season and Joe Flacco must stay healthy.