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Ravens Defense on the Mind of Titans Coach

October 12, 2018 - 11:40 am
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By Austin Medina  

The Ravens defense currently ranks #1 in points allowed while ranking 3rd in total yards allowed (303.8).

The unit is one that certainly deserves praise and for opponents-fear. The Ravens travel to Tennessee Sunday to take on the 3-2 Titans. Opposing head coach Mike Vrabel had some interesting takes on the Ravens defense, eluding to odd but important stats.

“They’ve drawn 15 holding calls as a defensive front. That means they’re active and they’re getting off blocks,” Vrabel said. “I don’t know if that’s high, but it felt high when I was watching the five games. You have to be very conscious to not be able to grab them and hold them.”

The Titans offensive line, widely regarded as one of the best in the league, has committed five penalties as a unit. They have faced premier defenses already this season, playing Jacksonville and Houston (winning both games).

Vrabel went on to praise most of the individual players on defense, including CJ Mosely, Terrell Suggs, and Matt Judon. When talking about the secondary, Vrabel credited safety Eric Weddle.

When you have a veteran safety that can get guys lined up and disguise, it makes it very difficult. They’ve batted 40 balls this year.”

The Titans have a small advantage going up against the Baltimore defense. They have former Ravens defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, as their current defensive coordinator. Pees has the Titans ranked fourth in the league in points allowed and 2nd in passing yards allowed (210).

The defense will surely show up in Tennessee, as it has practically all season. Ideally the Ravens offense gets back on track and they take care of business Sunday.