OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Ranked an uncharacteristic last in the NFL, the once-esteemed defense of the Baltimore Ravens has nowhere to go but up.
Sure, the rankings after one game are essentially meaningless. But the defending Super Bowl champions did very little right last week in an embarrassing 49-27 loss at Denver.
The Ravens allowed a team-record 49 points and also set a franchise mark by yielding seven touchdown passes. The hope is that the retooled defense is simply a work in progress and the unit will be much more effective Sunday when Baltimore hosts Cleveland.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs says, "We're professionals, so I'm expecting it to be a lot better. You darn sure don't want to give up seven touchdowns again. That's something that needs to be addressed, and we're addressing it."