Eric Decker

Mike Preston: Defense has to carry Ravens, and it came up short Sunday

Mike Preston: Defense has to carry Ravens, and it came up short Sunday

The only real challenge for the Ravens is for the defense to become great.

That’s the only chance they have of making it into the postseason. The defense is good, but can’t seem to take that final step. The unit can win on most Sunday afternoons if gets some help from the offense.

But on off days the Ravens will lose to a Minnesota, a Chicago or a Jacksonville. On Sunday, the defense was very good but could not finish off the Tennessee Titans. The great defenses can close. When the Chicago Bears of the 1980s, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s and the Ravens’ 2000 defense needed to stop an opponent one last time they delivered.

The Ravens aren’t there...

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