Played Like a Raven – Ravens Defense
With something to prove after the San Diego game, the Ravens defense came to play Sunday against the Browns. The Ravens entered the weekend with the #17 ranked defense in the NFL – 1st against the run, 28th against the pass, and 23rd in points allowed. Well, after giving up just 3 points and 186 yards, the Ravens now own the NFL’s #7 defense (run – 1, pass – 17, points – 11).
Of course, it helps to play the Browns, a team that has scored just 1 offensive touchdown since the Bush administration – but still, the Ravens handled their business on defense. They picked off Browns quarterbacks 4 times and sacked them twice, and are now tied for 2nd in the NFL in picks with 6, and tied for 4th with 7 sacks.
I’m not short-changing the offense here. I just felt that the defense deserved some props after hearing all week how they were suddenly the weak link in Charm City.
The question becomes now, can they keep it up against Brady, Moss, and Welker?
Did Not Play Like a Raven – N/A
When you win 34-3, it’s pretty safe to say that it was a full team effort. Sure, we could always nit-pick about the lackluster return game or about “only” getting two sacks. But, as players are always quick to remind us, “the other team gets paid too.” No Raven was guilty of the dreaded “Did Not Play Like a Raven” in Week 3.