Eric Wright

Ravens hope huge investment makes defensive backfield secondary to none

Ravens hope huge investment makes defensive backfield secondary to none

The Ravens’ 2016 playoff hopes ended on a series of plays dispiritingly familiar to those who’ve followed the team in recent seasons.

It was Christmas Day, and they held a three-point lead with 1:18 showing on the clock. That was the good news. The bad news? Across the line of scrimmage stood Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his armada of gifted receivers. The Ravens would have to defend them with a secondary that was, again, defined by ill-timed injuries and underwhelming performances.

The next minute offered a feast for fatalists — Roethlisberger to Jesse James for 16 yards, Roethlisberger to Eli Rogers for 20, Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown for the...

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