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.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens have emerged as the top-ranked red-zone defense in the NFL, allowing opponents to score touchdowns on just 36.4 percent (8 of 22) of their possessions inside the Ravens' 20-yard line.
The Ravens sacked Matt Ryan five times, including a safety by Terrell Suggs, and held the Atlanta Falcons off the scoreboard until about midway through the fourth quarter in a 29-7 victory in front of an announced 71,184 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Five sacks against a struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers team doesn't mean the pass rush is all of a sudden a strength. But the team has gotten impact performances from the pass rushes even without the sacks.
However, the reality is that the deals are vastly different and the original reports about Kaepernick's financial windfall are fairly misleading. Kaepernick's contract is extremely team-friendly and operates in more of a pay-as-you-go manner than the Ravens' structure for Flacco.
San Francisco signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a six-year, $110 million contract extension with a record $62 million guaranteed on Wednesday, which inevitably brought up comparison¿s to the contract signed last March by the quarterback who bested Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII ¿ the Ravens¿ Joe Flacco.
Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens this week, including Dennis Pitta's snaps in the slot, Jimmy Smith's streak coming to an end, Joe Flacco's wins and more.
Heading into Thursday's nationally-televised preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens' intent is clear. In what is expected to be the last extended playing time for the starters before the Sept. 5 regular-season opener in Denver, the Ravens are focused on developing some momentum and rhythm on offense.