The Ravens need to get better on run defense. That's something they know and have been working on during the bye week and in last week's win over the Browns.
Can they improve this week against the Raiders? The chances are there as Oakland ranks last in the NFL in rushing yardage. It's a good week for Baltimore to keep pushing to get bettter on its run defense.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said there's not a whole lot of fancy stuff needed to get better; they've simple got to keep pushing and looking at trying to become more effective at what they do.
"We’ve just got to keep working on technique," Pees said when talking with the media earlier this week. "I think the whole thing all year has been technique, especially with the front seven – not any one guy in particular, not any one group in particular, [but] all of them."
Pees talked about the problems the Ravens had against the Cowboys, a day where he said his team really missed a lot of tackles. But he wants the Ravens to understand how to do everything the right way-- in other words, again, technique.
"But just all year, just keep working on technique and getting better with our hands and feet and steps and all the little things that make you a good run defense," Pees said. "It’s not about calling blitzes at the right time and pressures. Hey, they’ll all work and they’ll all not work, but you’ve got to make them work, and that’s all by technique. And it’s just doing it over and over and over and over again, and that’s what we’ve got to keep working on. And we’ve gotten better, but we’re not where we need to be.”
He's hoping they'll get there because the Ravens have lived off of their run defense in the last 15 years. It's the first time in a long time that the run defense has struggled. The big question now is can they turn it around. They'll have another shot against Oakland.