FOOTBALL — 15 October 2012

The Baltimore Ravens every year for the last 5 years, has always ranked amongst the best defensive units in the NFL; however the 2012 season may change the complex of this once immortal defense. With the absence of Terrell Suggs, the once potent run defense of the Ravens has suffered; despite yesterday’s victory against the Dallas Cowboys, the Baltimore Ravens defense allowed a total of 227 rushing yards; a franchise-high and a statistic uncharacteristic of a defense that was ranked #1 in rush defense last season. The most damaging aspect of yesterday’s game was the injuries suffered by the Baltimore Ravens, and these were not just any defense players. For starters, All-Pro Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata came into yesterday’s game with a shoulder injury, by the end of the game he suffered a knee injury that could potentially keep him out for several weeks; unfortunately for the Ravens, this wasn’t the most serious blow suffered that game. All-Pro and future Hall of Fame Linebacker Ray Lewis, left the game in the fourth quarter favoring his right arm; it was later revealed Ray may have suffered a Tricep injury that could serious to keep him out for the remainder of the year, at this point the severity of his injury has not been confirmed. If these injuries were not enough, Lardarius Webb, considered the Ravens best Cornerback, suffered a anterior cruciate ligament tear on his left knee which has effectively ended his 2012 season. Taking in consideration Dallas’ ability to impose their will on a defense which had all these noted players, one can assume without them, the Ravens defense will be vulnerable in each area on defense; to the point that it could compromise their chances of repeating as AFC North Champions. Despite the calamity in their defense, the Ravens had noted their intention not to rush Terrell Suggs back in too soon, though he is eligible to return to practice as soon as Wednesday.


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