Lenoy Jones

Game 5: Ravens fill in blank once more

Game 5: Ravens fill in blank once more

Brian Billick tossed out the bait last week and his defense snatched it up like another unprotected football.

Looking to the history books for their motivation, the Ravens smothered the Cleveland Browns with their second straight shutout and third of the young season yesterday.The 12-0 victory before a paid crowd of 73,018 at Cleveland Browns Stadium was less about art than realism. And reality said the hottest defense in the NFL is setting standards that will be hard to match.

History? The last team that threw back-to-back shutouts was the 1985 Chicago Bears. The last team that collected three shutouts in one season was the 1991 Washington Redskins.

Bottom line: Both...