Chuck Pagano

With Ray Lewis bound for Hall of Fame, a look back at the greatest Ravens defenses

With Ray Lewis bound for Hall of Fame, a look back at the greatest Ravens defenses

2000

There’s only one kind of defense that would make a professional player such as Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon refuse to go back into the game — one of the greatest in NFL history.

Ray Lewis stood out among the 2,739 pounds of offense-beware terror that made up the starting unit, earning Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors, but it was a combined effort that included Peter Boulware, Sam Adams, Chris McAlister and fellow Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.

The team allowed the fewest points (165) and rushing yards (970) in a single NFL season and producing four shutouts. By midseason, the Ravens defense had forced every one of...

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