Ravens of­fen­sive line will have hands full with tal­ented Rams’ front

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Key matchup

Rams DE Michael Brock­ers and DTs Se­bas­tian Joseph-Day and Aaron Don­ald ver­sus Ravens C Matt Skura, Gs Bradley Boze­man and Mar­shal Yanda and OTs Ron­nie Stan­ley and Or­lando Brown Jr.: Need­less to say, the Rams’ front can get af­ter it. They are ranked No. 5 in run de­fense, al­low­ing only 89.1 yards per game, and might be the most ath­letic front the Ravens face all sea­son. Brock­ers is 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, while JosephDay is 6-4 and 310. Brock­ers is fifth on the team in tack­les with 42, while JosephDay has 25. Of course, the stud is Don­ald, who has 35 tack­les and eight sacks. They present prob­lems for the Ravens be­cause Boze­man and Skura have strug­gled with quick, ath­letic guys on the in­side, even through both have im­proved this sea­son. If Stan­ley and Brown can turn or reach block on the edge, that should open up the run­ning game on the out­side and in­side.

What’s at stake

The Ravens are bring­ing a six-game win­ning streak into this con­test and they want to stay within strik­ing dis­tance of the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots for home-field ad­van­tage in the play­offs. Plus, the game is on national TV, and all teams want to show off on “Mon­day Night Foot­ball.” The Rams need to win to stay alive for a pos­si­ble wild-card bid since the San

Fran­cisco 49ers ap­pear to be run­ning away with the NFC West.

What’s on the radar

The Ravens ac­quired cor­ner­back Mar­cus Peters in a trade with the Rams on Oct. 15 in ex­change for sec­ond-year linebacker Kenny Young. Peters gets to re­turn to Los An­ge­les for the first time to play his old team­mates and he’ll be fired up. On the other side will be Rams cor­ner­back Jalen Ram­sey, whom the Rams ac­quired in a trade from Jack­sonville soon af­ter Peters de­parted. Both play­ers have played well for their new teams, and you can bet each will try to out­shine the other Mon­day night.

MARK J. TER­RILL/AP

Rams de­fen­sive tackle Aaron Don­ald, cel­e­brat­ing a sack against the Bears, has eight sacks on the sea­son.

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