Larry Whigham

Game 5: D-less day irks Ravens

The Ravens complained about the officiating yesterday, but it was an attempt to mask a serious problem, one that may not go away for the rest of the season.

While the team more than doubled its season total in penalties in one game, the bottom line to the Ravens' 46-38 loss to the New England Patriots yesterday was a horrendous defensive effort, especially in the secondary.

And barring a last-minute trade (the deadline is tomorrow), the signing of several free agents or some quick healing by starting defensive end Anthony Pleasant (ankle) and outside linebacker Mike Caldwell (knee), it doesn't appear this defense is going to get a lot better soon.

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