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Friday, November 8, 2013
Wake-up caw: Failing to pick off passes

By Jamison Hensley

The Baltimore Ravens defense ranks in the top five in the NFL in the red zone and on third downs. Where the Ravens need to elevate their game is creating turnovers.

The Ravens have forced 10 takeaways this season (four interceptions and six fumble recoveries), which is better than just seven teams in the league. The area of concern is interceptions. The Ravens are known for picking off passes and recorded six in four playoff games last season alone.

Baltimore is on pace for just eight interceptions this season. The Ravens' lowest interception total for a season was 2005, when they picked off 11 passes.

How can the Ravens start forcing turnovers?

“Sometimes we’re just a little tentative,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said, via Comcast SportsNet. “I think that’s a little bit of our problem at the end of the game. You just gotta go for it. Don’t worry about making a mistake. We just need to create turnovers. That's what we're paid to do, and we just need to get it done."

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