More than Ray Lewis, the Ravens were missing several other key pieces against the Denver Broncos in their first meeting less than a month ago.
At the very least, the Ravens know the return of Ray Lewis provides a psychological boost to a defense that is desperate to become whole again.
Brendon Ayanbadejo admitted the obvious several weeks ago.
It took Ravens coach John Harbaugh a while to catch up to admitting it, too. Sort of.
Coming of Sunday’s wild-card win, the Ravens not only are confronted with having to travel to play the Denver Broncos on a short week but doing so with a defense that was on the field for 87 plays