Based on the Baltimore Ravens’ weightlifting feats, no one is surprised their run defense is anxious to flex its muscles against NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
“They’re the best and we’re the best, and somebody Alex Burrows Authentic Jersey is going to come out on top,” Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams said. “Why wouldn’t you look forward to a game like this? We can’t wait.”
The Cowboys top the NFL with 161 yards rushing per game, churning out big gains with Elliott and a relentless offensive line. The Ravens are the No. 1 run defense with 71.3 yards rushing allowed, and it all starts with their 679-pound wall.
Defensive tackles Brandon Williams (340 pounds) and Michael Pierce (339) are massive. They’re prideful overachievers. And they’re powerful.
Pierce has squatted 725 pounds. Williams has squatted a teammate during a game.
Last week, Williams was messing around in practice and lifted safety Eric Weddle for a set of five. Then, late in the Ravens’ 28-7 win over Cleveland, Williams decided to celebrate when he saw he was standing next to the 195-pound Weddle.
“I asked him, ‘Hey, mind if I get another set?,'” Williams said. “He’s like, ‘Hell yeah!'”
Williams wins on creativity. Pierce wins on pure awe.
Thursday night’s national broadcast showed footage of Pierce squatting the Alexander Edler Authentic Jersey equivalent of almost four Eric Weddles last year at Samford.
“I think I could do a little more,” Pierce said. “At Samford, honestly they cut me off for health reasons. I didn’t have a belt.”
Their exploits in the weight room translate onto the field. To hold up against double-teams, Williams and Pierce sink their hips and rely on the powerful base they built up in the offseason. Their legs become anchors in the ground as they occupy blockers and free up linebackers C.J. Mosley and Zachary Orr.