Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens on defense
The Baltimore Ravens defense is a veteran unit. A running quarterback is not a threat to them. They sacked Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles) twice during the regular season. Although they lost to the Washington Redskins, they sacked Robert Griffin III (RG3) three times and back up quarterback Kirk Cousins had to finish the game. The heart and soul of this defense is middle linebacker Ray Lewis. The 16-year veteran has said that he will retire after the Super Bowl. This has fueled this team to the franchise’s second appearance in the championship game.
Here are the potential starters and key players on the Ravens’ defense.
Tackles and Ends
Arthur Jones (#97 Defensive End) – Ended the season with 47 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Ma’ake Kemoeatu (#97 Nose Tackle) – This is his first year back in Baltimore after time second time playing with the Baltimore Ravens.
Haloti Ngata (#92 Defensive End) – Two-time Pro Bowler. Ended the season with 51 tackles and 5 sacks.
Terrell Suggs (#55 Outside Linebacker) – Four-time Pro Bowler. Ravens all-time leader in forced fumbles (22) and second in fumbles recovered (11)
Dannell Ellerbe (#59 Inside Linebacker) – Known for being tough and a big hitter. Played with two broken thumbs and a toe injury. Missed three games because of an ankle injury. Is considered the heir apparent for Ray Lewis.
Ray Lewis (#52 Inside Linebacker) – 17-year veteran, 13-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2000 and 2003) and Super Bowl XXXV MVP (2000). He is a passionate, skilled linebacker. Expect him to shout and dance on each down. Even when he was not involved in the action.
Courtney Upshaw (#91 Outside Linebacker) – Rookie. The Ravens drafted him with their first overall pick in the second round (35th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Corey Graham (#24 Cornerback) – Has 117 tackles (90 solo), four interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovered over his first five years in the NFL.
Bernard Pollard (#31 Cornerback) – Ended the season with 98 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception.
Ed Reed (#20 Strong Safety) – Veteran safety and seven-time Pro Bowler.
Cary Williams (#29 Free Safety) – Ended the season with 75 tackles, a sack and four interceptions.
Tomorrow we will finish up our review with special teams for both Super Bowl teams.
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