Can the Ravens defend the 'Wildcat?'


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Miami Dolphins' "Wildcat" formation has been all the rage this year.

It's also been an offensive wrinkle that no opponent has been able to solve.

Enter the Baltimore Ravens, owners of the NFL's top-rated defense.

If anyone can figure out the "Wildcat" quandary, it could be Baltimore's defense led by linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed, who are two of the smartest defenders in the league.

"The way we play defense, it doesn't matter," Lewis told reporters in Baltimore this week. "All we've got to find is the football -- that's the bottom line. I just think they're doing some creative things to try to really disguise and trick people. But the bottom line is just find the football."

Miami (2-3) tailbacks Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are off to tremendous starts, in part, because of the spark the "Wildcat" offense provides. The pair have combined for 571 rushing yards and eight touchdowns through five games.

The Ravens (2-3), meanwhile, haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in an NFL-best 24 consecutive games. It will be interesting to see if Miami's "Wildcat" can challenge Baltimore's streak this weekend.