Just like many of the team's fans, the Ravens' defense hopes to see improvement after the break.
But the defense also realizes something some people might have forgotten. They were having some problems before all of the injuries took place and cost the team some key players.
Many have focused on the losses of linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb and the subsquent poor performance in the loss at Houston before the break as reason for concern. And that's understandable. But the Ravens had troubles on defense before the injuries to Lewis and Webb.
When talking with the media last week, linebacker Jameel McClain, who's basically stepping in for Lewis, said the issues that are there now are things they were dealing with before.
"It is a similar mindset, with those guys or without those guys. No disrespect to them or no way for anybody to take this out of context, but those yards were given up while they were in there," McClain said. "This is a problem that was happening with them, and it’s a problem that’s happening without them. It’s something that we have to fix right there."
The Houston game probably just came at the wrong time. There's no question that the Texans are one of the top teams in the NFL, but for the Ravens to run into them the week after losing two key players on defense wasn't good, and Houston was ready for them.
That game simply showcased some of the problems the defense has been having so far this season. Now they'll be working on fixing all of that.
"They’re two phenomenal players, amazing players and great for this organization," McClain said about Lewis and Webb. "It’s just something, right now, that we have to focus on as a defense, and what we have in front of us, and get it corrected.”