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For Ravens, hope begins at home

For Ravens, hope begins at home

The white sheet of paper with the number 23 written on it in black ink is still prominently displayed in Elvis Dumervil's locker, a reminder of a time when hopes were high and the possibilities seemed endless.

To the Ravens outside linebacker, the sign, adorned with the number of sacks Dumervil would need to break former New York Giant Michael Strahan's single-season NFL record, represented both a personal and team goal. The way Dumervil saw it, if he was able to take down the quarterback that many times, the Ravens were going to create a ton of turnovers, have a dominant defense and win a lot of games.

Seven weeks into the season, Dumervil has just 2 1/2 sacks and the...