EJ Manuel

Dominant against lesser lights, Ravens 'D' looks to shine against star Lions QB Stafford

Dominant against lesser lights, Ravens 'D' looks to shine against star Lions QB Stafford

Since the first day it was together, the 2017 Ravens defense talked boldly about what it could become. Words like “legendary” were used and other football cliches, such as “imposing our will” and “dictating the terms,” were tossed around.

For much of the past three months, the Ravens have at least flirted with that standard. They’ve forced more turnovers than any other team in the NFL. Their pass defense has given up fewer yards than all but one other team. They’ve allowed the fewest fourth-quarter points in the league. The Ravens are just the fifth defense in the past 30 years to have three shutouts in a season, and they accomplished that over the first 10 games.

Yet, it’s an...

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