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Eric Weddle

Ravens' investment in Earl Thomas suggests a defensive trade-off: pass rush for turnovers

Ravens' investment in Earl Thomas suggests a defensive trade-off: pass rush for turnovers

The Ravens and new safety Earl Thomas have a future together, secured last week with a four-year, $55 million contract. But over an 18-quarter span last season, they also shared a statistical quirk.

From the second quarter of the Ravens’ Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints to the third quarter of a Week 12 win over the Oakland Raiders, the defense did not force a turnover. In that same period, neither did Thomas.

Of course, Thomas wouldn’t have been able to help the Ravens, even if the Seattle Seahawks had lent him free of charge....

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