vmax Posted October 15, 2012 Share Posted October 15, 2012 This is a good article...it's worth reading the whole thing because while it tells the truth about the D it also tells the truth about Joe, Ray and the Ravens offense. This is a full-blown red alert. All hands to battle stations for Baltimore.The run defense is busted. Something is wrong. The toughness that was once a trademark of that run defense is gone. Look at what the Cowboys, one of the worst run offenses in football, did: They ran Murray, Felix Jones (who is terrible), and two somebody or others named Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar (Dunbar was just called up from the practice squad last week) for 227 yards. That's the most ever given up in a game by the Ravens. Baltimore has also given up 200 yards in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.The Dallas Fearsome Foursome played tag team on Baltimore. You want a 15-yard run? Sure, here you go, pal. How about you, would you like a 20-yard scamper up the middle? Sure, thank you, may I have another?This is a remarkable thing to see, actually. As good as the Ravens are, they have been elevating minus what has been traditionally a benchmark -- tough, uber-tackling run defense. The Ravens of the past didn't miss tackles and they certainly didn't let practice-squad players run all over them.Those Ravens were prideful, relentless and brutal. Spit and blood. Now they're the ones getting a cleat to the neck.http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/20563733/ravens-good-enough-to-overcome-shaky-d-again-but-how-long-can-it-last Right now the Ravens have a very good offense and solid Special Teams. That's 2/3rds of the game. Then a "bend but don't break" D.Can they keep winning?In 2000 they had the 2/3rds in Defense and Special Teams with a ball protecting offense that made the "occasional big play". They rode that to a Super Bowl....but the D was as once in a lifetime unit. The question is: Can they find the 2012 winning formula in this team to produce similar results? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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