Torrey Smith: 'Teams are playing us tougher this season'

Smith: 'Teams are playing us tougher'
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith believes that NFL teams are playing his side harder following their Super Bowl win last season.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith believes that teams are playing his side a lot harder this season following their Super Bowl triumph.

The Ravens won the Vince Lombardi Trophy last season after beating the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans but have struggled this campaign and are currently 3-4 in the AFC North.

Smith admits that he was warned about the challenge by Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp but initially dismissed the idea.

"I know what he's talking about now," Smith told the club's official website. "Other teams mention that they're playing the defending Super Bowl champions, and their coaches are preaching that to them. There's a difference.

"Every once in a while you hear people say, 'This ain't last year. People are going to give you their best shot anyway, but it is a little different when you hear people talk about playing the defending Super Bowl champions.

"Clearly they use it as a motivating factor to prepare well, practice well. There is definitely a difference. You can tell."

The Ravens face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.

Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens avoids the tackle of Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns after catching a pass during the second half of a game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 15, 2013
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