Finally, there's an intangible element the Ravens defense also brings to the table that proves it isn’t simply good, it’s downright scary.
They’re the most intimidating unit in the league, period.
And their track record against even the stiffest competition at this point is second to none.
What do Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees all have in common, other than being the three most elite quarterbacks playing in the NFL this season?
Well, for one thing, they all see their gaudy numbers drop to more human-like levels whenever they play Baltimore: every single one of them has a career passer rating average below 80 against the Ravens, while their collective completion percentage drops by over 5% and their yards per game average slips by more than 12.
The only elite quarterback who outperforms his statistical averages against this D, in fact, is Peyton Manning (brother Eli plays especially bad against the Ravens, averaging in three career matchups just 90 yards per game, a completion rate of 41.5% and a dismal passer rating of only 32.6), and to further put that anomaly in perspective, Peyton is also the only one of them who performs worse against the Steelers defense (always Baltimore’s closest competition for the title of “NFL’s Best”) than he does against the Ravens.
If those guys struggle so noticeably against this defense, what chance does any quarterback have of defeating them, and if that doesn’t solidify them as still the best in the league, what on earth would?