The first-team defense had a disappointing performance against the Atlanta Falcons last week. The Falcons ran the ball on them, Julio Jones got the better of Jimmy Smith and the Falcons scored 13 points in just over a quarter. But the Ravens tightened up against the Panthers, particularly against the run. The Panthers averaged just 3.1 yards per carry and the Ravens also held them to just 98 passing yards. With the season opener just a couple of weeks away, it looks like the Baltimore defense has started to gel.
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