NFL Preseason 2014 Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints
This last preseason game for most veteran players of the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens means very little. However, there are many men who are still fighting for a spot on a roster, and this last performance will likely seal their fate. Let’s see what they’re made of.
With QB Drew Brees out, Saints second-string QB Ryan Griffin will play the bulk of this game. So how good is he? In last year’s final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, Griffin had a 48 completion percentage for 198 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But coaches say he has been playing significantly better this preseason. In the first three games of this year’s preseason, Griffin has a 67 completion percentage for 404 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. That solid improvement may help the Saints stand a chance against the Ravens’ defense.
The Ravens’ offensive line showed great weakness in the third preseason game on Saturday against the Washington Redskins. The Ravens had trouble protecting QB Joe Flacco in the first half, and they never established a running game. Against the defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the Saints’ defense (even the second and third strings), there’s a good chance both backup QBs Tyrod Taylor and Keith Wenning will have a rough time. Taylor isn’t the most reliable QB, having thrown a pick-six in each of the two regular games he was called into during the past two years. The rookie Wenning is quickly adapting to defensive coordinator Gary Kubiak‘s system, but he lacks arm strength. In other words, neither is Flacco.
With that said, I pick the Saints to come out on top. But hey, who cares? It’s just the preseason.