Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/15/14

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 29: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 and safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens stand on the sidelines during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Last Sunday should have been a day to celebrate for Ravens' fans. The home team beat the Dallas Cowboys and solidified their lead in the AFC North. But a day later, breaking news hit Baltimore like a punch to the gut when it was announced that Ray Lewis was out for the entire season. Lewis tore his triceps in Sunday's game was taken out. It was a severe blow to a man who has been the leader of the Ravens' defense and the face of the franchise since he was drafted in 1996. But the team has more problems than losing Lewis. These problems lie within the defense itself. Although Lewis has been a vocal leader in the inside part of the defense which is the strongest part of it, the outside part has been anything but consistent with him. While Ray Lewis has given Ravens a solid brick wall for opposing running backs, the secondary has been spotty at best. Since the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000, the secondary has given up close games that the Ravens could have won and advanced in the pl...
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