Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 9/23/13
To those doubters who declared the Ravens' new defensive unit a weak copy of last year's model, consider this--- the Ravens "D"  just dismantled probably the most well-balanced offense in the AFC. ESPN's opening report: "The Baltimore Ravens had scored three points in 27 minutes and trailed the unbeaten Houston Texans. Ray Rice was unavailable, the offense was struggling and the usually boisterous crowd was eerily quiet." The defending Super Bowl champs were in dire need of a game-changing play, and ILB Daryl Smith was there to provide it. Smith stepped in front of tight end Owen Daniels, intercepted Matt Schaub's pass and took it 37 yards for a touchdown to propel the Ravens to a 30-9 victory Sunday. Less than two minutes after Smith's pivotal TD, Tandon Doss scored on an 82-yard punt return. And just like that, the Ravens (2-1) were on their way to a lopsided victory against one of the AFC's top teams. "Two huge plays by the defense and the special teams," coach John Harbaugh
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