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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wake-up caw: Life without Lewis, Reed

By Jamison Hensley

DENVER -- I'll be heading to the Baltimore Ravens' season opener a little later, and the strange part is Ray Lewis and Ed Reed won't be. Life without the two future Hall of Fame players officially begins Thursday night in the season opener against the Broncos.

The Ravens have had either Lewis or Reed on the field for 117 straight games, or a span of nearly seven and a half seasons. That streak obviously ends with Lewis retired and Reed playing for Houston. Since 2002, when Reed entered the NFL, the Ravens have been without Lewis and Reed for only five games (all in 2005). Baltimore went 1-4 with both Lewis and Reed sidelined, giving up an average of 25.2 points.

We'll see if the Ravens fare better in their new era Thursday night. Here's your wake-up caw ...