Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Defense Better, But Not Clutch
The Baltimore Ravens have had their fair share of ups and downs this year as they have had eight games decided by seven points or less this season which is the most in the entire league. But with that has come with a lot of shady displays of defense down the stretch by the Ravens which looms to be a serious problem down the stretch.
The Ravens are 7-6, but it is clear that Joe Flacco has to lead the Ravens in close games if the Ravens want to do anything serious in the next two months. The Ravens’ defense is better at pass defense, run defense and scoring defense at this point than they were in 2012, but the clutch factor is not there.
I don’t know how much of the absence of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed has to do with the lack of making stops late in games this year. The reason why I say that is because the Ravens as elite as they have been on defense over the years, have had some of the same issues they are currently having when Lewis and Reed resided on the Ravens’ roster.
The only good thing I can say about the Ravens’ struggles late in games on defense is the fact that the team is still in playoff contention.
Late in games you see Ravens’ defenders like cornerback Lardarius Webb and safeties in Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo fail to make routine tackles frequently.
You also see them lack discipline late by staying with their man down the field. It isn’t all on them, but all three players have played a major role in the late blunders the Ravens have had this season.
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