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Where has all the chaos gone, Ravens defense?

When the Ravens promoted Chuck Pagano to defensive coordinator in January, the team’s former defensive backs coach vowed to create chaos for opposing offenses. In the first seven games of the season, his men did just that, recording 25 sacks, forcing 16 turnovers and cashing in four of those turnovers for touchdowns.

So what happened to the havoc?

In the past two weeks, the Ravens have just two sacks -- and 10 quarterback hits -- and after creating a pair of takeaways in the 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens had none in the 22-17 loss in Seattle.

"Our defensive coordinator, he's coaching his [butt] off,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said after the Seahawks ran out the clock on Sunday. “We got to reward our coach for the studying he's doing. He's putting us in the right spots. We just didn't get off the field. You got to take your hat off to Seattle. They made the plays that they needed to make. We consider ourselves a veteran defense, a championship defense, a very stingy defense.”

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who is 27th among qualifying quarterbacks with a 74.8 passer rating, completed 17 of his 27 attempts for 217 yards on Sunday. He dumped the ball off to running back Marshawn Lynch five times for 58 yards and completed a pair of long passes to Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate. Lynch, by the way, added 109 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries, including 32 yards on the final clock-killing drive.

On that drive, one that started with just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks picked up four first downs, including one on the first series of downs after penalties pushed them back to 1st and 20. Later in the drive, Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson had a chance to bring down Lynch on third down and whiffed.

"We usually do get off the field in those situations,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “Give them credit. … I thought Tarvaris Jackson did a heck of a job in those two situations making those two plays."

Sorry, Coach, but I have a feeling the fans will have a hard time giving Tarvaris Jackson credit after this one.

The Ravens better stop patting Jackson and the Seahawks on the back and start scheming up a way to bring the chaos back to their defense in a hurry. The Ravens host the 6-3 Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and then the 8-1 San Francisco 49ers, who are coached by Jim Harbaugh, visit his brother’s house on Thanksgiving night.

Suggs has just two sacks in his past six games, though Paul Kruger has picked up some of the slack with at least half of a sack in each of the past four games (Kruger has 4.5 sacks over that span). Cornerbacks Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb have held up on the outside, so maybe Pagano will get back to his blitzing ways against Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw two interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers.

That’s what the Ravens did earlier in the season and Suggs and Co. rendezvoused at the quarterback often. After all, the quickest way for the defense to get off the field is to take the other team’s ball away and go home.

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