Lost in Baltimore’s Woes Is How Well the Defense Has Been Playing

November 12, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With a 4-5 record, the Baltimore Ravens are in second place in the AFC North, tied with the Cleveland Browns and a game and a half behind the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals. Their record could be even better, if it weren't for their struggling offense.
In fact, that struggling offense—no run game to speak of, a poor offensive line, few reliable targets for quarterback Joe Flacco's passes—has attracted so much attention that the defense has often been ignored. But quietly, and seemingly against all odds, the Ravens defense has been playing very well. 
The defensive side of the ball prompted the most discussion in the offseason, after the defending Super Bowl champions made a series of seemingly baffling moves.
They let eventual Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed leave in free agency—he joined the Houston Texans before being released on Tuesday according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. They also cut fellow safety Bernard Pollard, willing...

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