Ravens defense prepares for another Manning

Ravens defense prepares for another Manning
December 19, 2012, 4:00 pm
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The Ravens are trying to avoid 4 losses in a row

Heading into the final two weeks of the season and facing crucial games, there's no question what the Ravens are looking for in order to win at least one of these contests -- better pass defense. 

The Ravens, whose defense has been torn apart by injuries, come into Sunday's game with the New York Giants ranked 22nd in the NFL in pass defense. That's been one of the team's biggest problems all season long, and life won't get any easier because two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning is the quarterback they'll face in this game. 

Eli's brother fared pretty well against the Ravens last weekend, and Baltimore's secondary and pass rush will need to do better to slow New York's offense. The Giants are going to be frustrated after Atlanta shut them out last week, so that could make things even tougher for the Ravens this week. 

In the end, the Ravens again need a better and more consistent pass rush plus stronger pass coverage, two things they've been searching for throughout the season. The Ravens sacked Peyton Manning twice last week, but they couldn't get enough consistent pressure to break up the Denver passing attack. The Ravens are facing a similar situation this week.  

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the defense has run into so many problems this season that they're looking at focusing and trying to do their best this weekend as a victory would lock up the AFC North title. They're hoping to get Ray Lewis and Bernard Pollard back as well as getting Terrell Suggs in the lineup again despite his arm injury. There's still other holes from injuries that are limiting what the Ravens can do. 

"We’ve had injuries, we’ve had adversity, we’ve had exhilaration, and we’ve had great moments," Harbaugh said when talking to the media earlier this week. "So, that’s what a season is made of, and the team that navigates all these things the best in the end will be the one true champion. That’s in front of us. That’s what we’re looking to accomplish."