Baltimore Ravens: 5 questions facing them in week 3
3. Can the defense respond after a week 2 gut check?
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The Ravens defense is coming off of a game where it got horribly abused by the Bengals. Andy Dalton had four touchdowns and the Bengals had over 100 rushing yards. A.J. Green scored three of Dalton’s touchdowns and exposed the Ravens secondary in a big way. Tyler Boyd had six grabs for almost 100 yards and a touchdown, so it wasn’t just one receiver rampaging against the Ravens. It was bad.
The Ravens didn’t notch a sack or a takeaway. The Bengals dictated everything to the Ravens defense. C.J. Mosley left the game with a knee bruise. While the Ravens are quite glad it wasn’t an ACL tear or anything overly dooming, the Ravens may have to get used to life without Mosley for a bit. That served as a decent excuse for one week, but there’s never been an excuse people wanted to hear.
The facts are pretty simple; the Ravens defense gave up a lot in a bad loss. It was a gut check. It was an ego deflating moment for a defense that has been given such lofty expectations. The Denver Broncos are a very good test for the purple and black. The Bengals gave the Broncos plenty of good ideas, and we have to see if Don Martindale’s unit is ready for them.