Because he's taken so much blame for the defense's struggles, it's probably a good week to give credit to defensive coordinator Dean Pees for some of the adjustments that he made. Pees has always had a reputation for being pretty creative and I think you saw a little of that this past week. Pees used rookie Courtney Upshaw at defensive tackle on occasion and also used a "dollar" package that included two defensive lineman, three linebackers and six defensive backs. The Ravens gave up a lot of yards to the Raiders, but the defense was much more active, albeit against a really bad football team. It was also good to see the Ravens knock down some passes against Carson Palmer. It sounds like common sense that if you're not getting to the passer much – and the Ravens clearly haven't – you might as well fill the passing lanes and get your hands up. So few teams, however, do it well.