The Ravens will be facing another test this week when they go against Peyton Manning and the red-hot Denver Broncos. But the question is which part of the defense is going to have the toughest time?
Here's guessing that it could be the secondary. There's several reasons for that, starting with the fact that Manning can pick apart even the best of the secondaries. He's done that for years and even gave the Ravens problems during their very best days when he played for the Indianapolis Colts.
The Ravens have a lot of holes in the secondary now-- a whole lot of holes. They're missing Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith and others. They've gotten some good efforts back there from Corey Graham (best known for his special teams work) and Cary Williams (who is improving this season), but the other players who've come off the bench have struggled. There's been times when guys simply look lost out there, a big reason that Charlie Batch looked like Johnny Unitas at times two weeks ago even though he'd barely played for years.
If the Ravens have those kind of holes against Manning, the final results won't be pretty.
The Ravens also need help with their linebackers in coverage. But they've had problems all season long also. Plus, Jameel McClain will be out this week, and the status of both Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs remains up in the air.
Pass coverage is going to have to improve this week for the Ravens to have any chance of stopping Manning and the Broncos. Denver's coming to town at just the wrong time for the Ravens. If the pass coverage can't do better than it has done in recent weeks, then this game could become a shootout, which might not be the best thing for an offense that just got a new boss earlier in the week.