Found September 26, 2012 on Football Nation:
After three games, the Ravens perennially imposing defense is ranked 27th in the league and lacks the dominant look opponents and fans have come to expect from the purple and black. What began as preseason whispers has turned into an open lament: the defense is going to have to rely on the offense to win games. Panic button. Identity crisis. Baltimore's defense is on the decline.This premature hysteria is understandable, especially considering the predictions leading into the season. Without Terrell Suggs, the Ravens won't be able to pressure the quarterback. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are getting too old. The new outside linebackers won't be able to set the edge against the run. Now, it's all coming to fruition... right?Take deep breaths, folks. Hold your horses.Suggs-less, the Ravens have managed to amass eight sacks, which ranks eighth in the league. Ray Lewis, 25 pounds lighter and all over the field, is looking strong in every faze of his game. Ed Reed, already has t...
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