The Ravens’ defensive players had heard the criticism.
A frustrated Terrell Suggs last week noted that in his 15-year career, the Ravens never ranked as low as 30th in the league against the rush, which they did entering their Week 7 game at the Minnesota Vikings (after which they fell to dead last).
Tackling and coverage had been suspect, and the Ravens lost in consecutive weeks — to a rookie quarterback making his first road start in the Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky, and then a journeyman backup in the Vikings’ Case Keenum. This was not the vision the Ravens’ front office or players had for this defense when it was built — financially and rhetorically — during the offseason.
So it was an angry, proud defense that took the field at M&T Bank Stadium Oct. 26, and the inept Miami Dolphins offense felt its full wrath during a 40-0 Ravens rout.
Read PressBox’s recap of the Ravens’ blowout win over the Dolphins.
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