Are the Ravens ready to turn it around?
The Ravens have just 10 takeaways this season, four interceptions and six fumble recoveries. Only seven teams in the NFL have fewer takeaways, which is one reason why the Ravens are 3-5.
“There are three areas that we really have got to improve in,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “Getting off the field in two-minute. No. 2, we got to get better in the turnover area. The third area is just not giving up big plays.”
Pees would like the Ravens to take more chances on defense, without getting reckless.
“Sometimes we’re just a little tentative,” Pees said. “I think that’s a little bit of our problem at the end of the game. You just gotta go for it. Don’t worry about making a mistake.
"We just need to create turnovers. That's what we're paid to do, and we just need to get it done."
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw three interceptions against the Dolphins last week. The Ravens’ defenders should have a chance to make plays, but Pees believes the Bengals’ offense is more difficult to contain, with the additions of two rookies – tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Gionvani Bernard.
“They’ve added a few more weapons in there, which makes it a little harder,” Pees said. “They’ve got a lot of talent and it’s a good offensive line. They’ve just developed as an offense.