Man, what a comeback on Sunday. The Baltimore Ravens fought hard and valiantly on the road against the Cleveland Browns down 20-0 in the 1st quarter and proceeded to stage one of the biggest comeback wins in team history that ranks right up there with their 2003 and 2011 come from behind wins against the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, respectively. What made it even more sweeter was it was against the Browns, an AFC North division rival whose franchise is cursed with memories of pain. The Ravens added to that misery on the day the Browns honored their greatest player, Jim Brown, with a statue outside the Factory of Sadness.
One of the biggest reasons the Ravens prevailed was the defense. Despite giving up 20 points in the 1st quarter and making Josh McCown look like Tom Brady, the defense shut out the Browns offense the rest of the way and were able to nab two interceptions. The first by new free agent acquisition Eric Weddle before halftime and the last was by linebacker CJ Mosley to seal the win. Now the defense could be getting better this week with the potential return of linebacker Elvis Dumervil.
Dumervil has been sidelined due to a setback from an offseason foot procedure that has kept him out for the last three weeks. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday and commented on Dumervil's status for Week 3. Per BaltimoreRavens.com's Garret Downing, Harbaugh stated "Its really in Elvis's hands, it's going to be kind of a feel thing for him. There's a soundness there, from what I'm told. He feels it. It's just a matter of whether he feels the strength is there, and the explosion, and everything he needs to go out there and compete."
To add to that, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Dumervil was shooting for a return this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
We will find out this week if Dumervil will be able to practice. If he does, its a safe bet that Dumervil will play this Sunday and start opposite of his pass rushing comrade Terrell Suggs for the first time since Week 1 of last year. Dumervil's return will be a huge boost to a Ravens defense that, besides the 1st quarter this past Sunday, has been pretty stout overall.
It will also be ironic seeing Dumervil's return come against the Jaguars after last years game between these two teams that featured his costly face-mask penalty on Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles on a play that led to the game winning field goal for Jacksonville.
If Elvis Dumervil plays, its safe to say he will have a massive chip on his shoulder and shoot for redemption against the Jaguars. Most importantly though, he will try to help the Ravens get off to a 3-0 start to the 2016 season.