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Ravens don't see an advantage going against rookie QB

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are 8-3 against rookie quarterbacks in coach John Harbaugh's six-plus seasons.

It's been a mismatch as the Ravens defense has recorded 17 interceptions and allowed three touchdowns. Rookie quarterbacks have barely completed half of their passes against the Ravens since 2008 and have compiled a 53.5 passer rating.

But Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees doesn't see much of an advantage going against Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who will be making his first career road start.

"Relatively speaking, they’re looking at the same thing we’re looking at," Pees said. "They have a young quarterback that’s going to be starting. Well, we have a young corner starting. So let’s not also put him in a position that he can’t be successful.”

Pees is alluding to the fact that the Ravens will be starting either Danny Gorrer (two career starts) or underrated rookie Tramain Jacobs (no NFL games) at cornerback Sunday. The Ravens shuffled their secondary this week, claiming Gorrer off waivers and promoting Jacobs from the practice squad.

Their first test comes against Mettenberger, whom the Ravens compared to the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who threw six touchdowns passes against them last Sunday.

"He’s No. 7 and his last name ends in ‘berger,’ so there’s a similarity there with a guy we just played," Harbaugh said. "You say that tongue-in-cheek, because I also happen to think that’s how they see him, along those lines of a [Ben] Roethlisberger, because he’s the kind of a guy who can make every throw. He has a strong arm, he stands in the pocket [and] he seems like he has good vision. That’s kind of what they have in mind for him -- try to develop him along those lines."

The Ravens are extremely familiar with Roethlisberger having played him 18 times. There is more uncertainty when going against Mettenberger.

"It’s an unknown simply when you change quarterbacks," Pees said. "You don’t know what the mindset is of what they want to do offensively now. They’re going to decide if that’s the direction they’re going to go with this guy. Does it mean they’re going to run more? [Are they] going to throw more? You don’t know."