Holding teams to 281.6 yards per game -- which is 13 fewer per game than any other team in the league. What really makes this defense special is how much pressure it puts on itself.
"For us, in the defensive room, we know we got to carry the team at times," cornerback Jimmy Smith said.
The Ravens know they're going to be in every game because of their dominant defense. Defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce shut down running games with their strength, linebacker Terrell Suggs harasses quarterbacks with one healthy arm and linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Eric Weddle keep coming up with timely turnovers.
This defense has been so strong that it allows Baltimore's erratic offense to get back on track, much like it did in Thursday's 28-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The Ravens' defense is the stingiest in the NFL in yards, and their offense ranks 24th. Their defense has given up the ninth-fewest points (19.1), and their offense has scored the seventh-fewest (18.3).cheap nfl jerseys from china
As a result, Baltimore is 4-1 when holding teams to fewer than 20 points and 1-3 when it does not.
"We know if [the defense doesn't] play great football, it’s going to be tough for us to win," Weddle said. "That’s just the reality of it."
The Ravens' standards of excellence on defense are the ones set in 2000 and 2006. Baltimore's 2000 defense is considered one of the best in NFL history, posting four shutouts and allowing the fewest points (165) in a 16-game season. The Ravens' 2006 defense is the only one in team history to finish No. 1, leading the NFL with 28 interceptions and ranking second with 60 sacks.
This year's defense has the potential to become the third-best in team history, although Suggs isn't going to make any comparisons just yet.
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The 2000 defense carried the Ravens to the franchise's first Super Bowl title, and the 2006 defense pushed Baltimore to the highest seed (No. 2) in team history. At this point, this year's defense has lifted the Ravens to first place in the AFC North.
What has set this defense apart is how much it's overachieved, which is a compliment to defensive coordinator Dean Pees and the depth on that side of the ball.
Elvis Dumervil has been limited to two games because of a foot injury, and Za'Darius Smith and rookie fifth-round pick Matthew Judon have taken turns replacing him as an edge rusher. Cornerback Shareece Wright has been sidelined three of the last four games after a rough start to the season, and rookie fourth-round pick Tavon Young has held his own with his aggressiveness. This is in addition to Suggs missing one game for the biceps injury and Mosley being out two games with a hamstring injury.cheap jerseys free shipping
The Ravens defense really made its mark in playing Pittsburgh and Cleveland in a five-day stretch last week. The Ravens allowed an average of 210 yards against the Steelers and Browns and held them to a combined 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) on third downs. On Thursday night, the Ravens defense put together its most effort against Cleveland with 144 yards allowed (eighth-fewest in franchise history), four sacks and three turnovers.
"To put on the performance we did [Thursday night] was one for the memories," Weddle said.
The Ravens' focus now turns to the young and exciting Cowboys offense which is led by a couple of rookies in quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott ranks No. 4 in passer rating (106.2) with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. Elliott leads the league in rushing with 1,005 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and scoring nine touchdowns.wholesale jerseys free shipping
The Cowboys (8-1) are looking for a franchise-record ninth straight regular-season win when they play host to Baltimore.
"We really respect those guys," defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan said. "They have a great quarterback, a great running back and their offense is just clicking real good. We have to come ready to play. If not, all this hard work may not pay off.”