There were a lot of questions in the offseason when the Baltimore Ravens had a big makeover on defense. Those questions were amplified after allowing a record tying seven touchdown passes to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last week. With a dominating performance over the Cleveland Browns, hopefully some of those questions were answered.
I know it was just the Browns and you can’t overreact too much to that, but there was also no reason to overreact after getting shredded up by Manning in a revenge game on the road. Basically it’s kind of hard to judge this unit after just two games. There were a few positives to take away from this game though. For one the pass rush was outstanding. Brandon Weeden was being harassed all day. Trent Richardson was held in check, averaging only 2.8 yards a carry – very impressive to say the least.
The guy I was really impressed with though was CB Jimmy Smith. He was flying around all over the place, and hopefully he can stay consistent now. Most people probably can agree that Daryl Smith had the best performance of the day with 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and nearly an interception. Smith is looking like another slam dunk bargain bin signing from General Manager Ozzie Newsome.
There’s no doubt the next week’s game at home against the Houston Texans will provide a big test. This is a Texans team that has had the Ravens’ number for the past couple of years including a 43-13 thrashing in Houston last year. Needless to say a big defensive performance against the Texans would make a huge statement.
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