Originally Posted by tedr
That's just not true...the defense could have been better but it has not failed, not even close.
I'll repeat what I said- the defense has basically given up 17 points a game (not counting the first SD touchdown or the half-ending FG vs Tenn- both of which the offense was responsible for)...that's not Ravens 2000-esque but still good...the offense and special teams have given up 10 points a game...that's horrible.
Could the defense improve some? Yes. However, to say they have failed is ridiculous.
We expect the defense to play a full half, not just the first half. They gave up 13 points in the second half.
Think about the Chargers game. They gave up 21 points in the first half. They came out the second half & only allowed 7. That's part of the reason why we won the game. The offense had to do their part & score 24 in the second half.
We needed them to do the same thing against the Ravens. Their poor play (lots of penalties, off sides, Pass interference, poor 3rd down percentage, poor performance in the red zone) was overshadowed by the offenses ineptitude, but they did not play well enough to win in the second half.
The offense would have had to score 22 in the second half alone to win that game.