Ravens will have a defense looking more like normal

Ravens will have a defense looking more like normal
January 3, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The big question on Sunday will be how much the Ravens will be able to slow or stop Indianapolis rookie quarterback Andrew Luck from doing the kind of damage he's done throughout his first NFL season. 

Opposing passing attacks often have given the Ravens problems this year although the defense has played better lately. This Sunday's AFC Wild Card playoff game will test the Baltimore defense, but the Ravens are going to have more parts available to try and slow Luck and the Colts. 

Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs both will be on the field together for the first time this season. It could also be the final time ever, if the Colts win the game. The fact that the Ravens have two NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winnings who've yet to be on the field together in 2012 shows how much injuries have crushed the defense.

Lewis is coming back from his triceps injury that sidelined him since mid-October. Suggs missed the first part of the season with his Achilles tear and then got hurt again (torn biceps).

The big question is going to be how close to normal both can be in this situation, but either way, it gives the coaches more cards to play.

Dannell Ellerbe is back although he's also been slowed by injuries this season. He's played very well much of the season and has been a big help with Jameel McClain out.

Jimmy Smith has been slowly making his way back after sports hernia surgery. The cornerback's been playing more each of the last few games and been finding his way back. 

All of these returns from injuries will help the defense in some form Sunday. The big question is how everything comes together, and the only way to see that is to watch what happens in the game.