Rising: For years, defensive lineman Haloti Ngata was one of the NFL's best-kept secrets. No longer. Ngata, coming off his first Pro Bowl, is having a dominant year, recording 43 tackles and a team-high five sacks. Quarterback Joe Flacco also is having a solid third season, throwing for 1,917 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has a passer rating of 88.9. Reed has three interceptions in two games back from major hip surgery, continuing his knack for creating turnovers and making big plays.
Midseason MVP: Ngata has been impossible to block some weeks. It's not his primary job to rush the passer, but Ngata has been so difficult to contain that he's also getting to the quarterback more than any Ravens defender. Flacco is a close second.
Outlook: The second half looks bright for Baltimore. With big offseason acquisitions such as receiver Anquan Boldin (40 catches, 546 yards, five touchdowns), it's clear Baltimore is aiming for nothing less than a championship. The Ravens have as good a chance as anyone if they remain healthy. They are one of the NFL's most balanced teams offensively and defensively and have a roster full of Pro Bowl-caliber players. Baltimore will make the playoffs, but can the Ravens hold off the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the AFC North and play at home in the postseason? Home-field advantage will be key for Baltimore's title hopes.