Ravens’ defense appears worthy of predecessors

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“The best defensive performance is the next one,” Lewis said. “We are looking to get some rest, come back completely healthy. We get Lee Evans back, we get Jimmy Smith back, we get a lot of people healthy. We are really looking forward to that.”

When the Ravens return, the defense will resume its pursuit of excellence.

“We can be special, but it all depends on where we go from here,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “We can’t take any steps back because that’s not how championship teams are built. Not in this league. You’ve got to make the momentum snowball.”

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