Another Raven named AFC Defensive Player of Week

October 05, 2011|By Matt Vensel

We can throw out a bunch of stats to show how good the Ravens defense has been this season. The Ravens are second in the NFL in scoring defense and third in yards allowed. They have forced a league-high 14 turnovers. And the Baltimore defense has scored as many touchdowns (four) as it has allowed. That's a fun one.

Here's another: The Ravens have had the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week three times in four weeks.

In Week 1, it was Terrell Suggs, who sacked Ben Roethlisberger three times. Two weeks later, it was Ray Lewis, who had 10 tackles and a sack against the Rams. Now Jarret Johnson is getting some love. The Ravens outside linebacker won the award this week after scoring on a 26-yard fumble return against the Jets.

Pretty crazy, right? What’s even crazier is that none of those guys were the team’s best defensive player in the first quarter of the season, in my opinion at least. That would be Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

And free safety Ed Reed and cornerback Lardarius Webb have played well, too (each has two interceptions).

With 12 games left on the season slate, it’s safe to assume that one of the Ravens will take home this weekly honor again before season’s end. So who is it going to be? Someone new or a repeat offender?

Your turn: Which Ravens defender will be named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week next?

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