3 issues holding Baltimore Ravens back that must be addressed this season

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1. Is the Baltimore Ravens defense battle-tested?

One of the big notes about the Baltimore Ravens is that while they have been great, for the most part they are just doing what you would expect them to do. They have beaten the weaker quarterbacks in front of them and done it well. Still, there was a question of whether or not this unit would have the same success against the best teams. L

They opened the year with CJ Stroud and Joe Burrow, but it was the first career start for Stroud on the rod with a bad offensive line. For Burrow, he was injured, the Bengals still had 24 points, and he was a red zone interception away from a strong day.

Then, they faced Gardner Minshew, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Kenny Pickett, one-half of Malik Willis, Joshua Dobbs, and the duo of Jared Goff and Geno Smith. 

Goff and Smith are solid, but these are the big tests for the Ravens. The Ravens’ defense did not give up the pick-six, but they struggled with the Browns. Perhaps the real issue was the Browns' offensive line because the team ran the ball at will. David Njoku and Amari Cooper made big catches, and the defense was exposed a bit. 

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Joe Burrow, Justin Justin Herbert, Trevor Lawrence, the 49ers, and the Dolphins are coming. Is the defense about to regress?