Standouts From Ravens Win Over Giants

By Jesse Jones

The Baltimore Ravens looked very impressive in last night’s 24-10 win over the New York Giants.  Quite frankly, it was the best game they have played all season, despite winning their first two games.

The first series for the Ravens’ starting offense was one to forget, and that is exactly what they did for the rest of the half.  The offense put together three consecutive scoring drives (Cundiff FG, Boldin TD, Heap TD) and went into halftime leading 17-0 (the defense played very well for the most part).

In the second half, Joe Flacco only played one series and then it was the backups turn.  The only score from the backups came from a Troy Smith touchdown pass to Marcus Smith.  In the end, the Ravens won 24-10.

So what can we learn from this preseason game?  Well here you go:

  1. Joe Flacco looked very impressive, and the passing game was huge against an improved Giants’ secondary.
    • Flacco was 21-34 for 224 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 INT at the end of the first half. (89 QB rating)
    • Boldin caught his first TD as a Raven, and had 4 receptions for 52 yards total, with a long of 22 yards
    • Heap had his best preseason game ever (it’s something right?), catching 6 balls for 69 yards and a TD, with a long of 21 yards
  2. Donte’ Stallworth was the leading candidate for punt returns it seemed, as he returned every punt until he broke his foot.  He’s expected to be out for two months.
    • This does not mean that the passing attack will fall short of the hype.  Stallworth was likely to be the 4th receiver, as Mark Clayton has had his best training camp and preseason ever, and looks prime to be the slot receiver.
  3. Mark Clayton did suffer a mild concussion last night.
    • This injury is not reported to be serious at all, and Clayton should be ready for the opening game.
  4. The offense improved it’s third down conversions slightly from last week’s game.
    • The team was only 4-15 as a whole on third down, but with the starters, Baltimore was 3-3 on 4th down.
  5. Despite coming off a broken ankle suffered at the end of the season, safety Haruki Nakamura is having an incredible preseason.
    • He had a 51 yard fake punt run against the Skins last week, and had an incredible INT last night, accompanied by four pass deflections.
  6. Chris Carr filled in well on the outside for Lardarius Webb.
    • Carr has been the main nickleback for the team, but with Webb still getting into game-shape and not wanting to rush anything, Carr got the chance last night to prove to everyone he could help solidify the secondary.  He had 8 total tackles, 6 of them solo, and one sack on Eli Manning.
  7. The defense showed signs of poor tackling when trying to bring down Brandon Jacobs.
    • This was a problem at times last season, and everyone hopes it will not continue.

In the “dress rehearsal game” for the starters, the Baltimore Ravens looked very good.  Don’t expect any starters, or anybody with any injury concern, to play Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams.

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