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NFL Matchup: Ravens Among Top Defenses vs Pass

Baltimore’s pass defense has been among the elite this season.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have been very good against the pass this season. According to ESPN’s NFL Matchup, Baltimore ranks second (68.2) behind the Jacksonville Jaguars (65.6) in lowest passer rating against their respective defenses.

The 2017 Ravens defense has the second lowest passer rating against them this season (68.2).

The Ravens haven’t given up too many yards through the air either. They rank third in NFL passing yards allowed, with only 198.6 yards given up per game. Baltimore’s defense boasts the best opponent interceptions thrown percentage in the league at 5.14% and the highest takeaway per game stat (2.4).

Baltimore will be without cornerback Jimmy Smith for the remainder of the season with an Achilles tear and a four-game suspension. In his place will be the rookie corner from Alabama, Marlon Humphrey. Humphrey previously had an above average rating from PFF, but has dropped to average with a 79.5 rating.

Humphrey struggled against Detroit Lions wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, but he bounced back with a late-game interception that led to a touchdown drive. Eric Weddle also had an a pick six in Sunday’s matchup.

With young corners like Maurice Canady (77.1 PFF rating) and Jaylen Hill (73.7 PFF rating) coming into the fold, Baltimore will have to mix up the way that they call their coverages. If they step up to the plate and do their job, Baltimore’s defense will remain successful at stopping the pass.