With 10 Turnovers, And 10 Points Allowed, Ravens Defenders Still Not Happy

The Baltimore Ravens had allowed 10 points through two games this year. They have taken the ball away as many times. I think that most teams would trade every point allowed for a turnover. But they are still not happy with the way that their defensive unit has played as a whole to date, and honestly, there is a good reason for it.

Aside from the mere fact that they have played some pretty bad offenses that don’t offer much in the way of a challenge, they have also allowed those bad offenses to make some plays against them. On Sunday, against the Browns, despite having to use two different quarterbacks, they still combined for 300 passing yards, including seven explosive plays through the air.

We are not happy about the performance that we had”, safety Eric Weddle told Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “We let those mistakes creep in, and if we don’t fix them, it’s going to hurt us down the road”.

What the Ravens need to be concerned about is their reliance on getting the turnover, because far more often than not, they do not prove to be sustainable. Perhaps the last Super Bowl defense that was truly able to sustain a takeaway presence despite a generally mediocre defense overall was the 2009 Saints.

Of course, maybe they don’t have to worry about that just yet, because up next on their schedule is Blake Bortles in London. The former first-round quarterback has thrown 53 interceptions in 48 games, with 11 returned for touchdowns. That is just two behind Ben Roethlisberger, who has played a decade longer.

Still, even Joe Flacco knows that it’s not sustainable. “The team gets down there and you’re like, ‘all right, they could still turn the ball over’, you start to think that. It’s not going to last forever, I don’t think. But, man, just tip your hat to them the way they’re doing things”.

So far, the Ravens have ended 43 percent of their opponents’ drives with a turnover, many of them coming inside the red zone, or at least inside of their own territory. But two games is such a miniscule sample size that it’s really hard to say anything meaningful about their ability to continue to produce at anything resembling this level.

DeShone Kizer, the Browns’ rookie quarterback playing in his second game, spent the afternoon battling a migraine and even had to come out of the game because of it. The other starting quarterback that they faced, Andy Dalton, is already being talked about as a potential for being benched. His offensive coordinator has already been fired two games into the season.

After Bortles, the Ravens will have to deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have done some good things on offense, but are admittedly still ramping things up. That matchup should be a good test for both teams, particularly Pittsburgh’s offense and the Ravens’ defense.

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  • Michael James

    I’ve watched both of their games so far (condensed version) and I think their defense is really good, but not unbeatable by any means. Most of those turnovers were as much on really poor quarterbacking and luck as it was on stellar defensive play.

  • pittfan

    “”The former first-round quarterback has thrown 53 receptions in 48 games, with 11 returned for touchdowns.”” You mean interceptions, right?
    What was the nature of the TO’s? Picks or fumbles?? 10 in 2 games is huge.

  • The defense has forced 10 turnovers, and the offense has only scored a total 44 points in the 2 games. To me that is the sign of a poor offense. If that was the Steelers fans would be irate over that. When the takeaways stop happening, the Ravens will start loosing.

  • Cullen James Riley

    I thought the same thing. I assume he meant interceptions.
    Eight interceptions, two fumble recoveries.
    But again, emphasis on the QB’s & and O-lines. Bengals don’t have an amazing QB, but their O-line is the real issue. Browns played two different QBs, behind a decent O-line.

  • falconsaftey43

    60% of their TDs have come on drives starting inside the opponents 40 yard line.

  • NCSteel

    Get ready for some 9-6 games against them LOL.
    Seriously, a good, not great defense. An OK, sort of middling team. They will end with 6-8 wins.
    As for Dalton getting benched in Cincy,
    Really ??? Like that have this great option waiting in the wings.
    They should have restocked with offensive lineman early in the draft but they took a RB and WR early as if that somehow makes up for lack of protection for Dalton.
    Cincy will always be their own worst enemy.

  • Shawn S.

    No team really knows what they have until 4 games in. Let’s revisit how good this D really is after game 4.

  • colingrant

    Impressive stat line regardless of opponent.

  • gentry_gee

    They’ve got 10 turnovers already? That’s extraordinary.

  • Zach Bolen

    Our O has only scored 47.

  • Our O hasn’t benefited from the defense getting the same amount of splash plays producing shorter field for the offense either, theirs has…