Has Ray Lewis made a difference?

The Ravens LB has helped in run support, but not in pass coverage

Originally Published: January 14, 2013
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders

Ray LewisDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesRay Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens' defense will face a tough test against New England.

The Baltimore Ravens lost four of their last five regular-season games, but they've turned things around in the playoffs with two wins in a row to reach the AFC Championship Game. That two-game win streak coincides with Ray Lewis' return to the Baltimore lineup, and considering that Baltimore started hot this season with Lewis on the field, one could assume the Ravens' fortunes hang simply on the presence (or absence) of their future Hall of Fame linebacker.

A closer look at the numbers shows Lewis makes a real impact on the Baltimore defense and that he has been one of the best players in the league this postseason. However, there is a hole in his game, and that weakness could cost the Ravens dearly against New England.