Will "D" step up with Lewis and Reed in the house?

Will "D" step up with Lewis and Reed in the house?
September 22, 2013, 7:00 am
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Reed excited to see old teammates

GAME DAY EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens as they prepare to host the Texans at 1 p.m.

Two-minute topic: Can the Ravens defense step up with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in the house?

BALTIMORE - It was one of the main topics entering the season. How would the defense fare without Lewis and Reed for the first time in more than a decade?

We still don’t know for sure. Week 1 against the Broncos was a failure. Week 2 against the Browns was a success. Today will be another serious test for the Ravens’ defense. The Texans are averaging 30.5 points per game. Wide receiver Andre Johnson has 20 catches, tied for the NFL lead in receptions. The Texans running back duo of Arian Foster and Ben Tate may be the league’s best.

What better day for the Ravens to make an early season statement? The place will be rocking. Lewis will be inducted into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor at halftime. Reed will be playing for the Texans, looking to make one of his signature game-changing plays.

It will be an emotional day, but also a revealing day. If the Ravens’ contain the Texans’ potent attack, it means Baltimore’s defense is headed in the right direction. If the Ravens are shredded like they were in Denver, it means trouble for them, and probably a 1-2 record heading into Week 4.

Lewis and Reed in the house. It’s a perfect time to see where the defense stands without them.

Morning thought: “The big brother always takes care of the little brother. That’s what Ray did for us. He’s Mufasa, the Lion King. But eventually the little brother has to take everything he learned from the big brother and stand up for himself. That’s what we’re doing now.”

Terrell Suggs, Ravens linebacker.