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Ravens defense performed better than expected

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The defense proved many of its doubters wrong on Sunday.

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Not much was expected of the Ravens defense.

Andrew Luck was supposed to throw two-to-four touchdowns and Indianapolis should've had anywhere from 20-42 points. In fact, ESPN's Jamison Hensley predicted that Luck would throw at least two.

Luck threw only one touchdown in Indianapolis' 20-13 win, was picked off by C.J. Mosley, Lardarius Webb dropped a potential pick, and Luck threw two passes into double-coverage that could've been intercepted.

The Ravens held the Colts to three points in the first quarter, which was impressive because they had excellent field position for two of their first three drives. Sure, they didn't win but there were some silver linings in this game.

Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, and Asa Jackson played together for extended amounts of time, hopefully they can continue to do so over the coming weeks and Terrence Brooks is finally getting more playing time, which is letting Matt Elam play at his natural  Strong Safety spot more.

The rookies got their hands on a couple of turnovers today. C.J. Mosley intercepted a pass to end a Colts drive in the redzone and Terrence Brooks recovered an Ahmad Bradshaw fumble.

Haloti Ngata intercepted a pass, his second of the season.

Frankly I'm confident that the defense can carry their performance over one of the best offenses in football against Tampa Bay (who has one of the worst in the NFL) and I'm confident that the offense will take this as a wake-up call and win at Tampa Bay.