But the defense has tightened up its game against two banged-up offenses in the San Francisco 49ers and Rams, allowing just one touchdown and 10 points combined in the two games. The Rams have been depleted by injuries and played without their starting quarterback and running back and a large chunk of the offensive line and receiving corps.
Unlike previous quarterbacks the Ravens have faced, Frerotte didn't take three-step drops and get rid of the ball quickly. He held on to the ball and suffered the consequences.
The first interception came on Frerotte's fourth pass, which went off the hands of Rams receiver Drew Bennett and into the arms of defensive lineman Dwan Edwards.
After that, "The probability is that it's going to be a good day [for the Ravens]," said Edwards, who made his first interception since high school.
The other interceptions were made by McAlister, Ed Reed, Corey Ivy and Derrick Martin. In addition, backup defensive lineman Justin Bannan forced a fumble that was recovered by Gregg, who also had a sack and finished with seven tackles.
The list of players who hit Frerotte would be longer.
Asked what hurt after the game, Frerotte said, "What hurts? You name it. On the last play I took a shot to the jaw - and I felt like I was punched."
After his last play, Frerotte lay on the ground, then left the game and watched the final 52 seconds from the sideline. With No. 1 quarterback Marc Bulger (ribs) already out, Hagans knelt with the ball twice to end the game.
"We knew they were wounded," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We smelled blood and we went after it."
Although Wilkins' 32-yard field goal in the third quarter ended the shutout, the Ravens knew their defense was clicking for the first time all season with sound coverage, an aggressive pass rush and timely play-calling.
"When you put them all together, you're going to come out on the positive," Ivy said. "We got our swagger back."
Ravens 22, Rams 3