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Meet The Ravens: Starting Defense

Wow, we are only 3 days away from our first playoff game in forever.  We will also be playing against one of the top defenses in the league this year this decade.  They run a straight 3-4 look most of the time much like the Chiefs.  The Ravens are 3rd in points allowed averaging 16.9 points per game.  They are 10th in yards allowed averaging 318.9 yards per game.  The Ravens are 21st against the pass and 5th against the run.  There has been 229 tries against this defense to convert a 3rd down.  Only 87 of those were a success making the percentage going up against the Ravens in third down situations 38%.  In comparison the lowest was against the Giants for 32%.  The highest was surprisingly the Patriots at 47%.  The Chiefs are the exact same as the Ravens in that area.

 

The Ravens are good at creating pressure it seems but they are very low in sacks this year with 27.  They have 19 interceptions and 15 forced fumbles.  The Ravens also have 3 defensive touchdowns this year.  The Ravens have a lot of big names on defense but most point out a lot of their key players are old.  It is true some of their players have lost a step.  What they lost in speed they made up in football smarts.  We are going to have to be at the top of our game to gain any ground on offense.  Let's take a look at their starters. I got their names from the depth chart on the NFL site.

 

Defensive Line

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This group is well, how can I put this gently?  I'll just say this group is huge.  They are dominate at the point of attack and are beyond physical.  They love to move around and create different looks.  We got pushed around by a physical Oakland team last week.  The Ravens are probably more physical but nowhere as fast on the line.

 

Player

Total Tackles

Forced Fumbles

Sacks

QB Hits

Tackles For Loss

Haloti Ngata

63

0

5.5

13

12

Kelly Gregg

38

0

0

1

1

Cory Redding

42

0

3

7

8


We all know that Ngata is a beast.  He is one of the best linemen in football.  He concerns me because he can overpower just about everyone on our line.  We do have veterans on the line so hopefully they have some tricks to slow down Ngata.  If you added up 4 normal sized people then you would have the monster they call Kelly Gregg.  He can eat lineman up but lacks speed to get in the backfield quickly.  Redding is someone that I like a lot.  That was the wrong phrase.  Redding is someone that I will hate seeing come Sunday.  He is quick off the snap and can create havoc in the backfield.  They have a huge, physical defensive line that is one of the best today.  They do lack speed but create a lot of pressure.

 

Linebackers

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I think every linebacker spot for the pro-bowl was for a Raven.  They are quick to the ball and quick to force turnovers.  They are led by future hall of fame player Ray Lewis.  The thing about the Ravens linebacker group is that they can easily get into the backfield.  That is because their linemen eat up all the blocks easily.  If it weren't for their secondary being average I could see blitzing 90% of the time.  No one would be able to stop them.  Sadly, coverage is a concern so they have to call off the dogs a lot.

 

Player

Total Tackles

Forced Fumbles

Sacks

QB Hits

Tackles For Loss

Interceptions

Jarret Johnson

73

2

1.5

5

5

0

Ray Lewis

139

2

2

4

4

2

Jameel McClain

71

0

1

1

1

0

Terrell Suggs

68

2

11

21

18

0

 

Johnson is an average outside linebacker that isn't asked to do much.  He plays smart and can make things happen.  Suggs is just amazing. Not only does he force turnovers but he makes friends with the quarterbacks.  I mean, they see plenty of each other during the game.  McClain is much like Belcher for us.  He isn't a beast but supplements Lewis very well.  I would talk about Mr. Lewis but you all already know enough about him.  Let's just say we better use a lot of Charles so he can use his speed to get around this group.

 

Secondary

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The Ravens secondary really isn't that impressive.  You take away Reed then they are just below average in my opinion.  They are giving up about 225 yards per game through the air.  That is good for 21st in the league.  This group is a pretty fast bunch and coached well to get to the ball.  They are lucky that most of the runners are stopped at the line so they won't be chasing them in the secondary.

 

Player

Total Tackles

Forced Fumbles

Interceptions

Passes Deflected

Chris Carr

61

3

2

8

Josh Wilson

40

0

3

14

Dawan Landry

111

1

0

4

Ed Reed

37

1

8

16

 

Chris Carr can force some turnovers but is just average in coverage.  Wilson is really impressive and truly up and coming in this league.  If he has more chances to play he could be very good.  Landry is a tackle machine.  He is very fast to the ball but coverage skills need a lot of work.  Reed is just a beast in coverage everything.  Bowe will have a good day against the smaller cornerbacks.  We have to get our TE's in the middle of the field where there is a weakness.  Reed is a lurker so Cassel has to be very careful.

 

Overall, I love our match-ups with the Ravens.  I am just worried about our offensive linemen after last week.  Lewis might think a blind mice finds a meal every now and then but Charles will find more than a meal. He will find supply crates filled with food for developing countries.  I don't think that the Ravens will stop our running game.  In the end this game will be relatively low scoring.  I predict the Chiefs win 20 to 17.  Go Chiefs!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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