After surrendering more than 200 rushing yards in back-to-back contests for the first time in team history, the
In fact, the Ravens said they expect it.
“Definitely. Right now, of course you can,” defensive tackle
A proud unit that has finished in the top five against the run in six consecutive seasons – the
After Sunday's games, the Ravens dropped from 20th against the run to 26th. After giving up 819 yards through the first six contests, the defense is on pace to surrender 2,184 in 2012, which would shatter the current franchise-worst mark of 1,920 yards in 1996.
“We’re hurting pretty bad stat-wise,” outside linebacker
With the exception of the absence of the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year in outside linebacker
One of the new starters on defense, nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu, took the blame for not helping the run unit lives up to its past reputation.
"For me personally, it's not good that we give up 200 yards," he said. "That's the reason why they brought me in, to help stop the run, and that's not happening. I need to fix it. Whether I need to get stronger or get my hands more inside, there are things I need to work on to better myself to help the team."
The defense's troubles though probably can't be limited to one individual. Every player will tell you that it's a collective, and just as no one single play determines the outcome, no single player should be blamed or deserve all the credit.
Still, the run unit is licking its wounds as it heads into Sunday’s road game against Houston, and rookie outside linebacker