Blake Bortles

Preston: Biggest reason for Ravens' defensive revival is return of big man Brandon Williams

Preston: Biggest reason for Ravens' defensive revival is return of big man Brandon Williams

Nearly a week ago Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was trying to describe the biggest difference in his unit compared with previous years without hurting anyone’s feelings.

He got the basic message out. The Ravens have an improved secondary, but there is more. Tackle Brandon Williams has proved that he is the most valuable player on the defense, and Pees deserves some credit for his play-calling as well.

The Ravens (5-5) are ranked No. 6 in total overall defense, allowing 306 yards a game, and No. 2 in pass defense, allowing 185.2. They are third in points allowed with a 17.1 average but 26th in rushing defense at 120.8 yards per game. That will get better as long as...

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