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Pass defense can expect tests after the bye

The Ravens rank eighth in the NFL against the pass, surrendering just 204.6 yards per contest this season.

But after the Buffalo Bills passed for 374 yards and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed four touchdowns, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston hypothesized that opponents could adopt spread offenses to take advantage of match-ups in the Ravens secondary.

The numbers in the remainder of the schedule would not appear to favor the Ravens. Five of the nine remaining games feature offenses ranked in the top 14 in the league in passing.

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The Miami Dolphins, who visit next Sunday, are ranked 13th at 235.0 yards per game, and the Atlanta Falcons, who welcome the Ravens to the Georgia Dome four days later, are 14th at 233.4.

On Dec. 13, the Ravens travel to Texas to meet the Houston Texans' 11th-ranked unit (239.0) and then play host to the New Orleans Saints' fifth-rated offense (279.3) six days later. Finally, the regular season ends with a visit from the Cincinnati Bengals' sixth-ranked unit (270.8). 010, but there are a few encouraging signs.

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Cornerback Chris Carr said the secondary won't spend its bye week worrying about potentially seeing spread offenses.

"We have to be ready for whatever," he said. "I haven't really watched any Miami tape yet, so I'm not really sure what they are going to do. But yeah, definitely, whatever deficiencies you have, they're going to go out there and try to attack those. So you just have to try to shore up those mistakes that you had and try to really just get better in everything. There's always room for improvement. As the season goes on, teams are going to get better. So if you don't get better, you're going to lose a lot of games. We need to get better to be where we want to be."

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