Ray Lewis is still getting respect from opponents at M&T Bank Stadium, even though the Ravens’ defense isn’t playing up to Lewis’ standards.
Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters became the latest NFL player to do Lewis’ dance while celebrating a touchdown. After Peters returned a pick-six 90 yards Sunday during the Chiefs’ 34-14 victory over the Ravens, Peters broke into the Lewis dance in the end zone, to honor the former Ravens linebacker whose statue sits outside the stadium.
“Playing in Ray Lewis’ house, he was here for a long time, and he did a very good job, so that’s an honor and a salute to Ray Lewis,” Peters said after the game. “I knew if I got a pick I was going to do it regardless. It just helps that it was a pick-six.”
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also did the Lewis dance after scoring on Monday Night Football last week.
Peters’ pick-six was another reminder of how opportunistic the Chiefs’ defense is, and how badly the Ravens need to improve in that department next season. The Chiefs (9-5) had two interceptions Sunday, plus a fumble recovery that cornerback Tyvon Branch returned 73 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs are +15 in the takeaway-giveaway department, second in the NFL behind the undefeated Panthers, who are +19.
Meanwhile, the Ravens are -15 in plus-minus turnovers, worse than every team in the NFL except the Cowboys (-18).
Consider this. Peters has seven interceptions this season. The Ravens’ entire defense has four interceptions.
Ironically, the Ravens were considering Peters in last year’s draft, but the Chiefs took him with the 18th pick, before the Ravens took wide receiver Breshad Perriman at No. 26. Peters has a chance to be the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, while Perriman has yet to play a snap for the Ravens, after a season-ending knee injury suffered on the first day of training camp.
That was just another situation that didn’t go well for the Ravens this year. So while Peters was doing the Lewis dance Sunday, the Ravens (4-10) were absorbing another defeat.