Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick piled up 405 yards of total offense and two touchdowns against Baltimore during a 24-23 win. Vick was only sacked twice, and hit tight end Brent Celek eight times for 157 yards.

"I think scheme only takes you so far," former Washington Redskins safety Matt Bowen said. "You've got to have the players and they don't have Suggs, one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL. Is there one dominant defense anymore?

 "Maybe the Texans. Sometimes, we put too much pressure on Pittsburgh and Baltimore to play like the 1985 Bears or the 2000 Ravens. The Ravens are still a good defense."

McPhee disagreed with the notion that the Ravens are no longer terrifying offenses.

"Yeah, we still intimidating," McPhee said. "We just have busts. We have holes in the defense right now. It ain't about what other teams' offenses do, it's about what our defense do. I think we have the best defense in the NFL."

The Ravens have already given up eight plays of 20 or more yards, including a 49-yard DeSean Jackson reception.

"We can’t put two performances like that back-to-back," said strong safety Bernard Pollard, who was forced out of the Eagles game with a rib contusion. "We have to be a consistent football team. Any time we get away from playing Ravens’ football, we lose. It takes you back to a couple of games last year where we did the same thing."

The Ravens have finished in the top 10 in total defense for nine consecutive seasons, ranking only below the Steelers (12 years) for the longest active streak in the NFL.

And Baltimore leads the NFL since 2000 with 397 turnovers forced and opposing quarterback rating (70.9), ranking in total defense (288.8) and second in points per game (17.0) behind the Steelers during that span.

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis isn't jumping to conclusions, or panicking.

"At the end of the year is when you always pay attention to stats," said Lewis, a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. "That's why when people talk about our defense, we always say: 'Find us at the end of the year,' and you know what we're going to be. There's always adjustments every team has to make, we are no different."

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