Why Baltimore Ravens offensive tackles will be challenged in big way at Jacksonvile

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The Baltimore Ravens’ offensive tackles played one of their best games of the season on Sunday. A few things were going in their favor. Both Ronnie Stanley and Morgan Moses together for the first time in a while, especially coming out of the bye week fresh. The Ravens also were able to platoon them for a drive or two each. 

The Baltimore Ravens tackles will be tested at Jacksonville Jaguars

Patrick Mekari played one drive at left tackle in each half, and Daniel Faalele played one drive at right tackle in the first half. Beyond that, they faced a Los Angeles Rams edge rusher group that was not the best. Neither Michael Hoecht nor Byron Young are household names quite yet, and they have not played like that this season. 

So, while it is huge to see Stanley and Moses healthy and coming off of their best game heading into Jacksonville, this Sunday will be a much bigger test. The Jaguars feature a pass-rush duo of Josh Allen and Travon Walker. Allen is becoming a breakout star, but Walker is not too bad, either. 

On the season, Allen has a 20.1% pass rush win rate. He has 69 pressures, with 13.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits. Travon Walker has a 10% pass rush win rate with 43 pressures, five sacks, and eight quarterback hits. 

Walker is the weaker of the two, but he would be the best rusher on the Rams. Hoecht has a 9.5% win rate, with 29 pressures, 4.5 sacks, and four hits. Meanwhile, Young is at an 8.3% win rate with 40 pressures, six sacks, and six hits. 

The Jaguars duo combined for 112 pressures, 18.5 sacks, and 20 quarterback hits. The Rams duo combined for 69 pressures, 10.5 sacks, and ten quarterback hits. That is a pretty significant difference. 

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So, it is nice to see some positive news from a Ravens position group that has struggled in recent weeks. Still, Sunday will tell us a lot more about what type of progression has been made.