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Old 09-18-2013   #25
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Default Re: Texans Game Week -- at Baltimore Ravens

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On defense the Ravens have talent that dwarfs that of last season. Of course thereís better depth, vital to enduring the grind of the long season. But a quick look around the starting 11 reveals a rather significant upgrade.
Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and Brandon Williams are substantial improvements over the 2012 rotation that included a starter, one year removed from football and from tipping the scales at 400+, Maíake Kemoeatu. Elvis Dumervil is a more accomplished edge rusher than Paul Kruger and the 2013 version of Jimmy Smith is on the rise.
And letís be honest, Daryl Smith is an upgrade over the 2012 version of Ray Lewis.
The defense is also healthier as defensive coordinator Dean Pees fields 3 Pro Bowl caliber players who were either lost or severely slowed by injury in 2012, namely Lardarius Webb, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs.
This unit just needs a little time to gel.
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Even if the Ravens lose (thatís what I suspect will happen), all isnít lost if they make positive strides against a quality opponent.
Itís all about improvement while managing the season, remaining in the mix and then punching their ticket to the postseason dance.
Success in the NFL isnít about who is the best team in September. Itís all about embracing the grind and steady improvement. Itís all about being the best during the playoffs.

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Perhaps Terrell Suggs said it best as he cautioned the team following the win over the Browns.
ďLetís not kid ourselvesÖweíve got some work to do.Ē

I think they've got the right mindset. & they know better than anyone.... it's about January & February.
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