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Yanda got the best of him....




You were concerned about the Ravens offensive line matching up against Ndamukong Suh, who was voted the NFL’s dirtiest player, and that stout Lions defensive line.

What offensive line doesn’t have troubles against those guys?

But watching Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda face off against Suh in the trenches was one of my favorite highlights of the game, and it largely went under the radar.

The best battle between the two may have been when Yanda showed off his brute strength and literally picked up the 6-foot-4, 307-pounder for about two steps and then tossed him back as running back Bernard Pierce ran past for an 11-yard gain in the first quarter.

Look closely for No. 73 in white and No. 90 in blue in the GIF below (mobile users tap “View in Browser” at the top of the page). It all happens fast, but it’s a thing of beauty to see Yanda handle the usually disruptive force.5ihj0.gif
Here’s another of the two, this time Yanda keeping Suh far away from Flacco 5ihmu.gif


Pro Football Focus (PFF) gave Yanda a 0.2 grade for his pass protection and 0.6 for his run blocking Monday night.

Yanda wasn’t the only one to block Suh, as center Gino Gradkowski and left guard A.Q. Shipley also carried a big load. The entire offensive line held Suh to just three combined tackles – no sacks, no tackles for loss, no quarterback hits, nothing.

“What a win what a fight what a battle!” Shipley tweeted after the game. “That was a good defensive front n we fought til the end and got the win! Proud of this team!”

Added second year Gradkowski after the game: "We just battled all day. We knew they were good and they fought hard. It's a good D-line that we faced. I think A.Q. and Marshal did a great job against those two guys. We just battled."

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