You know J.J. Watt, Richard Sherman and Ndamukong Suh, but what about Everson Griffen and DeAndre Levy? They're among five relatively unknown defensive players having an impressive season. Here's a closer look at each.
Replacing a legend is never easy but in Baltimore, rookies Matt Elam and Arthur Brown flashed the instincts, physicality and athleticism in their second preseason game to help the defending champs imagine moving past future Hall of Famers Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.
Owner Steve Bisciotti has a go-to saying when tensions rise in Baltimore: Trust in Ozzie. The defending Super Bowl champions take aim at a repeat with numerous pressing needs armed with the resolve that comes with having GM Ozzie Newsome at the controls.
Brendon Ayanbadejo figured he'd get some attention during Ravens media availability on Thursday, but the absolute crush of reporters that surrounded him and swallowed up his poor tablemate, Josh Bynes, surprised him.
The Ravens' defense has improved the past six games, allowing an average of 299 yards and 20.6 offensive points per game.
Ray Lewis announcing his intention to retire at the end of the postseason shouldn't be that much of a surprise, considering he's 37 and potentially returning from a torn triceps this Sunday after undergoing strenuous rehabilitation the past 12 weeks.
Though it appeared he had a good chance of returning this week, Ravens LB Ray Lewis is not expected to play Sunday against the Giants, according to a report from NFL Network.
Ravens LB Jameel McClain will miss the remainder of the season due to a spinal cord contusion, the team announced on Monday.
The Ravens were hammered by the Broncos, as they've lost three straight games for the first time since 2009.
The Ravens did not activate linebacker Ray Lewis from the injured reserve-designated to return list on Saturday, meaning he is ineligible to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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