For months, they've heard the talk about how they could be the weak link of an otherwise championship-caliber team. They've been reminded about their roles in blowing two 14-point leads in an AFC divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots in January. They've dealt with injuries and change, and now the Ravens' secondary gets another challenge: Peyton Manning.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith's presence gives this year's team a leg up on the team that limped through the postseason last season with a porous pass defense after it lost Smith during what seemed like a surefire Pro Bowl season.
The Ravens have tried to downplay going against their former offensive coordinator-turned-head coach, Gary Kubiak, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees hasn't. It isn't about revenge or a grudge match, it's about respect.
The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. Here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson's checklist of things to watch:
As the Ravens begin the offseason, they already have the foundation for building a stronger team next year because of the youth on both interior lines. Now, over the next six or seven months, they need to add some playmakers.
Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens this week, including the play of the Ravens cornerbacks against the Bengals, the team's stingy run defense and more.
The Ravens last Thursday couldn't cover Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Now the Ravens are preparing to face another former college basketball player turned NFL tight end, Jordan Cameron of the Browns.
John Harbaugh pointed the finger directly at himself Monday when asked to explain the reasoning behind why the Ravens didn't challenge a third-down completion to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker in the third quarter that actually bounced off the ground before he trapped it against his body.
One might think it is tough to find a positive in the Ravens secondary after Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for seven passing touchdowns Thursday night. But in his return to a real game after his second ACL injury in four years, Lardarius Webb gave the Ravens a little something to feel good about
The Baltimore Ravens' season-opening 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night featured a team-wide breakdown as the reigning Super Bowl champions were outplayed in every facet. But one group that took the loss particularly hard was the Ravens' defensive backs, who were badly victimized on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's record night.