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Facing toughest test yet, Ravens defense out to silence doubters against Cowboys

Facing toughest test yet, Ravens defense out to silence doubters against Cowboys

The Ravens' defensive players spent the week praising the Dallas Cowboys, talking about the great challenge that faces them Sunday and deflecting the attention away from their own lofty defensive ranking. The football populace was focused on quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and the rest of "America's Team." And the Ravens were, too.

If outside forecasts of the defense's pending demise had seeped into their locker room, the Ravens weren't saying. The knowing nods and wry smiles, though, suggested the players were well aware of what was being said and written.

They haven't played anyone. They are too slow, too reliant on veterans. They don't stand...