Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 10/17/13
Last week: 12 (+0) Record: 3-3 Despite the loss of veteran leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, the Ravens have not missed a beat defensively. The value of Lewis and Reed was mostly intangible towards the end of their time with the Ravens, as they became ineffective on the field. Guys like Daryl Smith and James Ihedigbo have filled their voids very well and the return to full health for Lardarius Webb and Terrell Suggs, as well as the addition of Elvis Dumveril, have made this one of the best stop units in the NFL, allowing opponents to move the chains on 65% of opportunities and stifling Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week. Unfortunately, they lost last week because their offense remains incompetent. They move the chains on 67% of chances on the season and there was a point against the Packers where they had 4 first downs, 9 punts, 1 turnover, and a failed 4th down. Ray Rice and the running game have randomly become awful, forcing Joe Flacco to do more of the work, despite missing 2 ...
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