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[News] Maligned Defense Carries Team To Victory

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The Ravens’ defensive unit showed flashes of its former self in its finest showing of the season.

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as I've said before this win does not end the season,so don't go printing play-off tickets,if the Ravens go to San Diego and stink up the field they would be right back where they started coming into this week! So it's buckle up the chin straps and get back to work!
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I so wanted the defense to perform well ... and they did. Except for the Ngataesque 30 yrd rumble by Leftwich, they were great!!! Excellent win.
Hey, does anyone other than me think the Sqeelers will be drafting a QB-backup in the coming draft???
Chris Johnson was a nice pickup but Harbs said he tweaked a hammy already...walking wounded.
Gooooooooooo Ravens :)
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Chris Johnson had said that he was excited at the opportunity to play with the Ravens...after last night, I would have to respecfully opine that the Ravens Nation is equally excited!

Nice job!
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I think that first drive took them by surprise I don't think the defense expected him to run like he did . I know I didn't
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Defense did you say defense? Oh we got that, Now we just have to keep it .Now this is the Ravens defense I was hopping for and we got it. Great game Great team win Great defense Great plays by the new players Great Scott.
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Corey Graham, Paul Kruger stepping up big in this gameee need to continue to play this way. And boy we need to get Pitta back Flacco was lost without him.
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happy about the win. kudos to dean pees and the defense they were awesome but the offense gets an "F". denver is the team to beat and we wont beat them with this inconsistent offense
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Congrats to the Ravens defense which has vastly improved ever since Dean Pees made the switch moving to calling the "D" from the press box where he can see better with less distractions. If only Cam Cameron would put aside his ego and do the same... Call the offense from the press box! Just do it!
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[quote name='The Greek' timestamp='1353329242' post='1225782']
happy about the win. kudos to dean pees and the defense they were awesome but the offense gets an "F". denver is the team to beat and we wont beat them with this inconsitent offense
[/quote] Your correct denver is the team to beat we do play them at home and i beleive flacco and company will rise to the challenge and beat the broncos here . Keep in mind we played the number one defense last night credit goes to them for a well played game . when it counts we will beat denver .
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[quote name='wrm#1' timestamp='1353315451' post='1225733']
as I've said before this win does not end the season,so don't go printing play-off tickets,if the Ravens go to San Diego and stink up the field they would be right back where they started coming into this week! So it's buckle up the chin straps and get back to work!
[/quote]some folks just like to enjoy a victory for an hour or four before being negative . we will be ready and i doubt the chargers have such an easy time this go round . the entire team is playing better how about a little credit where it is due.
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[color=#222222][font="Arial","sans-serif"][size="3"]I’m glad Harbs is of the opinion there is plenty of work to do in order to play better than last night. It is significant that we kept them out of the endzone except for a fluke broken play. I believe that was the lowest amount of yards against us all season which is a step in the right direction. I disagree that we forced 3 turnovers. The first one was coughed up when Wallace tried to change hands with the ball and the last one was another gift. #24’s interception was sweet and timely!! [/size][/font][/color]

[color=#222222][font="Arial","sans-serif"][size="3"]We’re 8-2 which is outstanding considering how we’ve been playing. I believe the D will continue to improve especially since some of the young CBs are stepping up. Gotta get TSizzle up to speed is essential. Getting out run by Leftwich was not a good look and he was not very effective with his pass rush although he did set the edge. The offense was just offensive. Ray, you are my boy but you stank last night. Try running for daylight. If there is no hole or gap, bounce it outside. You got the skill, don’t let Cam’s plays dumb you down.[/size][/font][/color]

[color=#222222][font="Arial","sans-serif"][size="3"]That was a must win and we got it!! Great job men!![/size][/font][/color]
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Offense cannot have every game be like last week against Oakland. Some think we may have "stunk up the joint" last night, but Pittsburgh wasn't exactly lighting the field up on offense either. Our defense stepped way up last night, and we won the game. This was a tough, hard fought game AT HEINZ FIELD, so I am happy with a win and knowing we did ultimately outplay the Steelers!
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When the Raven Dee needed to rise up,... they did it in fine fashion! Never mind that the "bumbling bees" were Ben-less, Dean Pees' guys were everywhere, hitting everything in prison garb!

James Ihedigbo's hit, early in the game, caused Wallace to regurgitate the ball and set the stage for what was to come!

Corey Graham and Bernard Pollard - way to secure the win in the closing seconds!
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did anyone else think the "incomplete pass" right before the Jacoby Jones return was a fumble by Byron Leftwich? I cannot believe they blew it dead immediately.
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[quote name='llwillow1231' timestamp='1353331838' post='1225825']
some folks just like to enjoy a victory for an hour or four before being negative . we will be ready and i doubt the chargers have such an easy time this go round . the entire team is playing better how about a little credit where it is due.
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Yes. Most teams "enjoy" a victiory for hours or even a day. Then, it's back to work. The Ravens, I'm sure, remember last year. I know I do. Yes, they will be ready and hopefullly, Joe will not be as conservative and the "home" Joe will show up.

The Chargers did not look good this weekend and a lot of it was River's poor play and not being able to keep up with Manning's offense. Which Rivers will show up? Hopefully not the one who was on fire last year.
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Ellerbe had another great game, too. He's really coming on this year, I don't know what's gotten into him but I like it.

DeAngelo Tyson is looking like a tremendously valuable 7th round pick.

Haloti still needs to get healthy, but he looked as good as he's looked all season last night.
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Its definitely something new for us, but Im starting to believe that the numbers really dont matter for the simple fact that we ve been a top-10 defense for years, and yet we have no Super Bowl rings to count for them,D Suggs said. Last year in the AFC championship, we lost to the 31st-ranked defense. I guess the numbers are all good for [the media] to pile on, but I guess the only thing that matters is wins and losses. Fact
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Now sao diego the only real bad game we had last year..now we need to prove we can win big on the road i am tired of this thing
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I was so proud of our defense last night. Keep fighting hard, we need revenge in San Diego this week!!!
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[quote name='dwhravens' timestamp='1353334663' post='1225864']
did anyone else think the "incomplete pass" right before the Jacoby Jones return was a fumble by Byron Leftwich? I cannot believe they blew it dead immediately.
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It looked like a fumble. His ball was jarred loose before his arm was going forward. Then it looked like it rolled down his wrist while his arm was going forward which is why it flew forward, but it definitely looked like it was out.
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If the Ravens can show the same defensive outing in SD then a lot of teams are gonna be real nervous real fast.
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We are going to need more offense generated on these road trips.I'm glad our big "D" is starting to comeback,but if we're to compete with & beat the Texans,Broncos,& even the Patriots,we need Joe,Cameron & company to step up.I understand that Pittsburgh's defense is top notch,we knew that.We were showing all of that offense & trick plays against Oakland,but last night our offense played timid.We need more fire in these big games.You know how Rivers plays this time of year.So Joe,let's get Smoking Hot,Baby.
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[quote name='wrm#1' timestamp='1353315451' post='1225733']
as I've said before this win does not end the season,so don't go printing play-off tickets,if the Ravens go to San Diego and stink up the field they would be right back where they started coming into this week! So it's buckle up the chin straps and get back to work!
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And who said that it DID end the season??? Name some names!
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[quote name='llwillow1231' timestamp='1353331838' post='1225825']
some folks just like to enjoy a victory for an hour or four before being negative . we will be ready and i doubt the chargers have such an easy time this go round . the entire team is playing better how about a little credit where it is due.
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Do you think he made it an hour?
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I'm liking the way Kruger is coming into his own. Hopefully our defense will get healthier and better, which get me excited to see Kruger continue to progress.
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[quote name='bmore_kman' timestamp='1353347008' post='1226102']
Do you think he made it an hour?
[/quote]Probably not lol
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yeah the defense helped out allot but ST really picked up the load and carried the Ravens
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It Was great to finally see the defense play well. I agree with them, though. The defensive unit must improve, and they must play well against first stringers, not subs. We Need to have a consistent pass rush.
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[quote name='mettro79' timestamp='1353350225' post='1226174']
I'm liking the way Kruger is coming into his own. Hopefully our defense will get healthier and better, which get me excited to see Kruger continue to progress.
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It seemed like he's benefited the most out of Suggs' return. It has allowed him to focus on doing what he does best and that is being a pass rusher.
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After Leftwich made his big TD Sunday night, I called my buddies who were watching the game -- and freaking out -- I told them, "That's the last TD Pittsburgh gets!"

The reason I could be so confident wasn't because I'm psychic, or merely a rabid fan -- no, I was confident because recent history has shown that the Ravens will do whatever it takes to win, especially in Pittsburgh.

Think about it: We lost Ray, Ladarius and new guys stepped in. It takes a few games to get the communication together, and for guys to trust one another on the field of battle. The Ravens are gonna peak at the absolute best time -- playoffs.

Kruger will be playing like Peter Boulware very soon. Suggs is getting stronger, Chris Johnson, Ihedegbo... forget about it! Forget what happened in the first 7-8 games, this is a work in process. Every game we get better.

And as far as the offense is concerned... remember, the year we won the Super Bowl we went 6 games without scoring a TD. This offense is going to jell, exactly when they need to!

Pittsburgh had the #1 defense in the NFL, and they came to play. There's Nothing to be concerned with. They'll do better against the Chargers.

Having a record that Gets you to the playoffs is all that matters -- winning ugly, or winning in a spectacular fashion week in, week out means nothing -- winning is all that matters. And that's why the Ravens are a great team, because no matter what happens, they find a way to win.

9-2 after this week. We owe Rivers a butt-whipping for last year.
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I've been going to UMass football games for years, and I got to see Ihedigbo play for all four years while he was there, along with Victor Cruz. For an FCS school (at that time), he was very strong at safety, more than good enough for the FBS level. He led the conference in forced fumbles in '06, and he was always making big plays. Strong leader for the D as well. He'll make a great backup to Pollard and Reed.
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