The Baltimore Ravens‘ defense has been playing better than a lot of people on the outside of Ravens’ nation expected as they are much better stopping the run this season as opposed to the 2012 season, and they get to quarterback arguably better than any other in the NFL with 22 sacks on the year. But one problem that has arguably been the Ravens’ weakness on defense over the years is continuing, and that is giving up big plays through the air.
The Ravens this season have already allowed 10 passing plays over 40 yards, which ranks dead last in the NFL. I know the Ravens are having some growing pains with some of their changes this offseason, but come on.
It doesn’t help when you have a rookie safety in Matt Elam who has played well overall, but has had his issues, and the fact that their free agent addition this offseason in Michael Huff, who was looked upon to handle the free safety spot which Ed Reed coveted for so many years, has fallen off the map since that horrible performance by the secondary in Week 1 against Peyton Manning.
There are no excuses for the big plays the secondary is surrendering at the moment. Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil have come on strong with the Ravens having the luxury of not having to blitz, while sending four rushers most of the time. The front seven on the Ravens’ defense is doing their job; so, how about the secondary try and keep up?
There are Super Bowl aspirations on this team regardless of how many changes the Ravens made this offseason.
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