Baltimore Ravens Starters Show Positive Signs Against Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The new-look Baltimore Ravens saw their first action of the preseason against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With any preseason game, there’s going be positives and negatives to take away. For the most part, I liked what I saw out of the starters, especially the defense.
The Ravens defense set the tone on the very first drive of the game. They stonewalled the run and brought pressure, culminating in a Chris Canty sack of Josh Freeman. The defense bent a little in the next two drives, but held the Buccaneers to field goals in two trips to the red zone.
Daryl Smith was a tackling machine for the Ravens and even stripped Mike Glennon of the football, but the call was overturned (I thought it was a fumble). The fact of the matter is that the defense looked great against the run, brought the pressure, and tightened up in the red zone, a solid first showing for the unit.
The offense didn’t score any points in two drives, but they had some first downs and moved the ball pretty well. Joe Flacco looked pretty sharp, with the exception of an interception by former Raven Danny Gorrer.
There have been lots of questions of what the passing game will look like with Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta. The question still remains unanswered as Flacco mainly threw to running backs Ray Rice and Vonta Leach.
The first preseason game is way to get players feet wet. It would be silly to take away too much from the very brief time the starters played. With that being said, I liked what I saw for the most part and can’t wait till next week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.