As the Ravens get ready to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in their second preseason contest, their cornerback situation is far less concerning than it was a year earlier. Even with Lardarius Webb again sidelined with an injury, the team has a healthy Jimmy Smith, along with a mix of battle-tested veterans and young unheralded corners who are finally getting an opportunity.
Darian Stewart's interception ended the Steelers' final trip into the red zone during the Ravens' 30-17 win in the AFC wild-card round at Heinz Field. And it gave the secondary a measure of redemption after the unit allowed six touchdown passes in the Ravens' 43-23 loss to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers on Nov. 2.
Jon Meoli hits on 10 stats, notes, and thoughts following the Ravens' 28-13 road win over the Miami Dolphins. Read ahead for notes on replacing Haloti Ngata, the offense carrying this team, and the performance of Rick Wagner and Eugene Monroe.
Inside the Ravens' locker room after midnight following a dreadful performance by the secondary where they were dominated by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, reserve safety Jeromy Miles wore a T-shirt with an unintentionally fitting two-word message across his chest. It read: "Truth hurts."
Some sportswriters name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to try and complete a season sweep over the Steelers.
In a 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to have a second 500-yard passing day. The Ravens' best cornerback, Jimmy Smith, won't play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This week's stats, pertaining to Sunday night's primetime showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, focus on how the Ravens are going to stop the Steelers, and whether the Ravens will be able to match them offensively.
Entering a rematch against a Cincinnati Bengals team that exploited an undermanned Ravens secondary in a Week 1 win, that unit of the Ravens defense is now one of the deepest and most versatile in football.
The Ravens pared their roster down to the NFL's required 53-player limit Saturday, choosing to keep two quarterbacks and seven wide receivers and leaving themselves thin at cornerback and along the offensive and defensive lines.