The Ravens had their final practice Tuesday before many of the players head their separate ways to enjoy the rest of the bye week. For the Ravens' defense, the time off will provide an opportunity to ponder how to correct a unit that has been uncharacteristically exploited week after week.
The Ravens rank 26th overall in defense, allowing 400 yards per game. They haven't finished a season ranked out of the top 10 in that category since 2002, and they've never allowed more than 340 yards per game for a season since their inaugural season in 1996, when they ranked 30th overall in defense and allowed 368.1 yards per game.
They are ranked 23rd against the pass (257.1 yards per game) and 27th (142.9 yards per game) against the run. Their 23 points per game allowed puts them in the middle of the pack, but it's still not a number the Ravens are used to giving up.
"It's definitely frustrating, because we know it's a higher standard in this organization, and we are here to uphold it," McClain said. "It's something that we've done before, and we still can continue to do it. We just have to get it done."
"At the end of the day, they're our numbers. We would like for them to change. We've got to do something to get it changed," McClellan said. "We got to step our game up, that's the feeling. The Ravens are known for our defense. RIght now, we really need to step our game up. We want to keep up the tradition. That's what we have to focus on."
Second-year wide receiver