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Ravens Defense Looks to Continue Dominance

October 16, 2018 - 8:58 am

By Austin Medina 

It seems like every week, the Ravens defense gets stronger. They’ve surrendered just 26 points over the past three games and last week’s shutout may have been their best performance yet.

The Ravens (4-2) tallied a franchise record 11 sacks in a 21-0 road win against the Titans. The game proved to be a coming-out party for Za’Darius Smith, who had a career-high three sacks. Terrell Suggs recorded his 130th career sack late in the first quarter.

Coming into the game, the Titans won eight of their previous nine home games including a playoff victory.

The Ravens allowed just 55 rushing yards, as quarterback Marcus Mariota led the way with just 25 yards rushing.

The shutout victory added to another strange yet dominating facts. The Ravens haven’t allowed a 2nd half touchdown all season and let’s not jinx it by talking much more about it. Regardless this fact is telling of how scary Baltimore has become after making adjustments.

The Ravens defense ranks 1st in the NFL in points allowed per game (12.8) and total yards surrendered per game (270.8). Even more impressive is the tough passing defense Baltimore has shown, allowing just 188 yards per game.

The Ravens now head home after a long three-game road trip, where they won two of the three games. As the return home, they get set to host the New Orleans Saints. The Saints may prove to be Baltimore’s toughest challenge yet, as they ranks 1st in total points scored per game (36.0) and 3rd in passing yards per game (320.8).

Sunday will surely be a test of two teams’ strengths and it will be interesting to see if the Ravens can shut down the high-octane offense of the Saints. If the last three games are any indication, the Ravens should have the advantage come Sunday.