On one play, Jamaal Charles can turn the tide for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The running back went wide left vs. the New Orleans Saints, found a seam and ran 91 yards down the sideline for a touchdown en route to a 233-yard performance in a comeback victory. Both are NFL highs this season.
While the Ravens haven't given up any plays that big, it underscores the importance of improving on their defensive play and not allowing game-changers. The Chiefs trailed 24-6 late in the third quarter when Charles made that run and beat the Saints in overtime 27-24.
The Ravens are just 23rd in overall defense, allowing 390.3 total yards per game. The only teams that are worse don't have winning records.
In a 23-16 win vs. the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens held them to three field goals on their four scores though receiver Greg Little dropped a touchdown pass. They've got eight takeaways and are plus-4 overall which is tied for sixth in the league.
"You can move the ball down the field all you want to," linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said. "If you can't get in, that's all that matters. We don't want to play a bend-no-break defense but it's still early in the season. We still got a lot of improving to do."
Safety Bernard Pollard, however, isn't pleased. Defense has always been a staple of the Ravens, who have improved against the run but not vs. the pass.
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 320 yards in the Browns game. Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles almost reached 400.
The Ravens allow 295.8 yards through the air. By comparison, even the winless Cleveland Browns (286) and New Orleans Saints (276.5) are better.
"This is something that we're not proud about. We play hard," Pollard said. "Teams are going to get their passing yards against you. It's a lot of plays that we wish we could take back.
"We got to stop the big gains. If they catch the ball for seven yards we got to tackle him now. We can't allow him to run for 28, 31 yards. That's what's killing us right now."