For the second week in a row, the Baltimore Ravens‘ defense had the the last shot to save the day for the Ravens, and they failed. Last week, the Ravens had an opportunity to stop the Green Bay Packers from running out the clock, and they couldn’t. This week, the Ravens have an opportunity to stop the Pittsburgh Steelers from driving down the field for a game-winning field goal, and the Ravens’ defense failed. What is the problem?
The Ravens have been able to generate pressure from their front four all season long, but it seems like the pressure isn’t coming when the Ravens need it the most. When you look at the situation on defense overall, the Ravens came into the game against the Steelers allowing a league-worst 10 passing plays of at least 40 yards.
The secondary isn’t living up to their end of the bargain either, but maybe all of this has to do with the new faces from all of the changes the Ravens have made this offeason. Just kidding — I’m not going to use that as an excuse. This is the Ravens’ defense. I could call out Lardarius Webb, Corey Graham and other players, but I won’t do that. It’s a collective problem that everyone on defense needs to solve soon.
There are high standards when it comes to defense in the Ravens organization. The defense had high expectations entering this season as many thought that this defense would be faster and stronger than in recent years, but that really hasn’t been the case. If the Ravens want to get back to the Super Bowl, their defense has to be the calling card.
Even though Joe Flacco is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, he does not have the offensive line to help him throughout the season. So when you consider the Ravens’ philosophy, this defense better get their act together. Players have changed, but the ultimate goal stays the same.
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