I think playing two games in 10 days, and playing without their emotional leader and defensive patriarch in Ray Lewis actually helped them get here in some respects. It forced everyone, including the coaching staff, to focus on the basics. This team is built to play violent, fast, disciplined football, and they certainly have played that way for the most part. But when they've struggled, it's because they let other teams dictate the action. Jacksonville and Seattle decided to focus on taking away the run, and the Ravens responded by ... throwing the ball. Intellectually, that seems like the right strategy, because you should have a match-up advantage if teams are going to take away Ray Rice. But against Cincinnati and San Francisco, the Ravens put the onus on their opponents. It wasn't perfect, especially in the red zone, but if I had to sum up Baltimore's strategy in the last two games, it would be something like this: The hell with what you want to do, we're going to focus on us, and it's up to you to stop it.