It's all about the W. That's the common refrain from the Ravens locker room even though they've been gouged for record amounts of yardage en route to a 5-1 record.
Sunday, they gave up a franchise record 227 yards on the ground to the Dallas Cowboys. They finished with allowing 481 overall. The previous week, the Ravens allowed Jamaal Charles to rush for 140 of the Kansas City Chiefs' 214 yards on the ground.
In their only loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, they allowed 486 yards and an astounding nine plays of 20 yards or more.
The Ravens' defense, which long has been a staple of this franchise, is falling apart and is shredded with injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (ACL tear).
"We're not happy with how we played on the defensive side of the ball. We're not. We put ourselves in this position two weeks in a row -- two weeks in a row," said safety Bernard Pollard in an agitated tone. "Teams (are) going to come in they're going to run the ball.
"If we show them we can't stop it, people going to run it. So we've got to stop it."
After weeks of dismissal that the only stat that matters is the final score, pride is starting to kick in. The Ravens don't want to become a punchline for their particularly porous play against the run. They'd only allowed the New England Patriots 77 yards rushing and the Cleveland Browns 43 before the floodgates opened.
Through six games last season, the Ravens were allowing just 63.8 yards per game for a total of 383. The most they'd given up was 112 on the road vs. the St. Louis Rams.
This season, the average yards allowed on the ground has more than doubled -- 141.5 per game for a total of 849.
"We got to tighten down. We're happy we won but we don't want to be bottom-ranked in the NFL in defense," said defensive end Arthur Jones, who played at tackle as well in Sunday's win. "That's something we take personal.
The Ravens have to regroup to face running back Arian Foster of the Houston Texans on Sunday.
"We'll get it right. You got to give credit to these last two backs we played," Jones said. "They're no slouches. It's a test for our defense. How well can we bounce back from this, flush it and get ready for next week."