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Let's hear it for the Ravens defense

In the closing seconds of the second quarter, Willis McGahee plunged into the end zone from one yard out to give the Ravens a 7-6 halftime lead. If not for the strong play of the defense, though, the Ravens could easily be trailing by double digits right now.

The defense was put to the test early when Joe Flacco lost a fumble at the Baltimore 11-yard line. The Jets' new stadium was rocking and the Ravens were reeling, but the defense stepped up and forced a three-and-out. Field goal, Jets.

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The Ravens committed two more turnovers in the first half but the Jets could only cash them in for three points because the Ravens defense delivered inside its own territory again.

Late in the second quarter, the Ravens forced Shonn Greene to fumble -- OK, fine, Greene forced the fumble himself by running full speed into his own lineman -- setting up the game's only touchdown so far.

If you need stats to tell the story, here are two that reinforce the Ravens' first-quarter defensive dominance: The Jets had three first downs and 84 yards of total offense.

We'll see if the defense can keep it going in the second half. Getting some pressure on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will further help the Ravens' cause.

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