Tim Seder

Game 12: Big D runs into bigger 'D'

Game 12: Big D runs into bigger 'D'

The most defiant defense in the NFL can't say the P-word, but it can use the S-word.

And the Ravens speak the language of shutouts eloquently.Ravaging a once-proud Dallas Cowboys' offense, 27-0, before 69,416 at PSINet Stadium, the Ravens' defense yesterday climbed another rung on a ladder only a few have dared to scale.

Their fourth shutout of the regular season is the second-most in the NFL's Super Bowl era, one behind the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Their eighth win of the season - tying the franchise high - leaves them positioned well for the stretch run to the postseason. Indeed, if the playoffs started today, the 8-4 Ravens would claim the AFC's top wild-card seed...