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Ravens defense gets creative against the Raiders

Ravens defense gets creative against the Raiders

Unveiling some unusual schemes, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees mixed and matched his personnel in a quest to get more athleticism on the field against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

It was an effective strategy during the Ravens' 55-20 blowout victory over the Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium.

Between lining up rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw at defensive tackle, inserting extra linebackers into the game and running a "dollar" package that featured two defensive linemen, three linebackers and six defensive backs, Pees' creativity was on display.

"Coach Pees is trying to get the players on the field and be dominant on the field,"...