A Few Thoughts On The Ravens/Saints Pre-Season Showdown

Sports and Bets — August 13, 2015 at 11:11 pm by

The Ravens opened their exhibition season tonight with the Saints coming into town.  The Ravens dominated for the first half, but it’s been downhill since. The Saints just took the lead with 1:56 left in the game.  Of course, the outcome is absolutely meaningless, but I’m sure Harbs, and everybody in purple who’s still watching, wants Bryn Renner to engineer a winning TD drive to end the game.  Situational football, babes.

…..And, he did it!  Renner on the boot for the score!  Maxx Williams had a huge catch and run on 4th and 1,000.  Awesome ending.

I know, relax it’s August 13th.  But we watched this meaningless game on August 13th because we’re sick in the head about football.  Here’s a few thoughts….

The Ravens starting offense looked razor sharp.  Joe Flacco was 5 of 6 and he dinked and dunked his way down the field in a methodic and precise manner.  There was only one catch by a wide-out on that opening drive (Steve Smith), but Joe took what the defense gave and the drive resulted in six after a Lorenzo Taliaferro plunge on fourth down.  (Love the fourth down mentality of this team.)  Joe’s a total pro and his hair is perfect….

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Michael Campanaro looked great on his long TD catch and run.  This guy looks like a perfect slot receiver.   He has speed and shiftiness and he seems fearless.  He also needs to stay healthy.

Crockett Gilmore is going to convert a lot of third downs for this team.  He’s massive and he’s willing and able to catch passes in traffic.  That stick route will produce a lot of conversions on 3rd and 2 and 3rd and 3.

Good to see Kyle Juszczyk involved in the early game plan.  Coach Trestman loves his backs catching balls out of the backfield. I’ve said this guy has 50 catch potential.

The starting defense looked great too.  Of course, Drew Breezy didn’t play, but the D did their job in quick and brutal fashion.

The back-up defense looked shaky to say the least.  Depth?

Matt Schaub looked good.  He threw his obligatory Matt Schaub pick, but overall he looked quite serviceable.  Hopefully he never sees the field once September rolls around.

Tight end Nick Boyle made some nice catches and Maxx Williams had the biggest play of the night on the final drive.  Combine all that with Gilmore’s performance and the position looked solid tonight.

No wide-out really stood out besides Campanaro.

DeAndre Carter, Darren Waller, Tom Nelson, Jeremy Butler.  Are they just a bunch of guys or will somebody emerge?

Go Ravens!

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