Has the Raven Changed Its Stripes? How the Ravens Are Winning In 2009.

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Published: September 23, 2009

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... even though Joe Flacco was in his second season, the Ravens would need to pound the ball on the ground, and win with a suffocating defense.

Had you told those same fans that the Ravens defense would give up 662 yards in their first two games (580 against the pass), and been ranked 17th in total defense, Ravens fans would bet the team was 0-2.

A strange thing happened on the way to the 2009 season, The Baltimore Ravens became a pass heavy offense.

With the departure of Rex Ryan to the New York Jets, many people believed that the Ravens defense would suffer, and not be the elite unit that the Ravens fans have grown accustomed to. Turns out, those people were right.

Even with the amazing stop of Ray Lewis blowing up Darren Sproles on the Chargers final play of their 31-26 loss to the Ravens, the Ravens defense has not been remotely near what they were in 2008.

Then how do you explain the 2-0 record?  Simple, Joe Flacco.

Flacco has complete...

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