The Ravens are going to be facing a Detroit offense on Friday thats very capable of making a lot of big plays. A whole lot of big plays.
And if the Ravens have trouble on defense like they did at the start of the Atlanta contest last week, it wont be a fun first half probably the time when starters are in for both teams in some form.
Thats why defensive coordinator Dean Pees made a simple comment when talking to the media earlier this week about what they need to do differently. Pees said theyve got to start better than they did versus the Falcons.
Atlanta drove up and down the field a few times on the first team and jumped to a 14-0 lead early. The Ravens cant allow that this time around.
We need to get off to a fast start, Pees said when speaking with the media. Thats the thing that disappointed us Thursday is we got off to a slow start, and we dont want to let anybody ever drive the ball on us, let alone go down and score on the first possession certainly not the way you want to start the game.
But Pees also brought up another interesting point about the way to start the game. He said if something happens and the team starts poorly, theyve got to throw it out and just move on from there.
Thats happened at times over the years with the Ravens being strong on defense. Opposing teams get a good drive on the first possession and then the Ravens make changes and shut them down the rest of the way.
Ive played in enough games in 40 years of football that they have scored on the first drive, and we won the game 41-7, Pees said. So, you have to also let that go and its over and done with. You make corrections on the sideline, you come back and win the game.
So the key against the Lions will be some combination of not giving up the big plays and long drives or making good changes if that happens. It will be a good test for the Ravens on defense.