At First Glance: Preseason Vs. Redskins

BaltimoreRavens.com writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 34-31 win.

Posted by BR.com on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, At First Glance, Mike Duffy, Preseason 3 vs Redskins, Ryan Mink, Sarah Ellison

John Eisenberg: There were some shaky aspects to the Ravens’ performance. Their offensive line had protection issues, and they let too many Redskins receivers get open in the secondary. Joe Flacco suffered a pick-six interception on the Ravens’ fourth play, seemingly setting a dark tone. But Flacco came on strong after that — really strong. He led the first-team offense to three touchdowns in less than 20 minutes, hitting Lee Evans, Anquan Boldin, Ed Dickson and others on a variety of routes. He already seems to have excellent chemistry with Evans, who is providing the deep threat the Ravens wanted.This game should give fans reason to be encouraged about the offense, even with the line still very much a work in progress.

Mike Duffy: The Ravens started out a little slow, but once they got their mojo – both on offense and defense – Thursday night’s matchup with the Washington Redskins was a positive outing. Joe Flacco, who was 16-of-24 for 205 yards after his unfortunate interception, got into his groove with his top two wideouts, connecting on touchdowns to both Lee Evans and Anquan Boldin. And a late touchdown drive from quarterback Tyrod Taylor to give the Ravens a victory offered great news about the middle levels of the Ravens’ roster.

Ryan Mink: Usually when the Ravens get behind big, it’s really tough for them to come back. But Baltimore showed off its increased offensive firepower to get right back into this barnburner. Joe Flacco gained a nice rhythm that he can now carry into Sept. 11 against Pittsburgh. The 1-2 combination of Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans is tough for defenses. When the line protected Flacco, he was on fire. And with big Bryant McKinnie on the sidelines, more help is on the way. Tyrod Taylor was also excellent, leading Baltimore to a victory in the final minute and showing he’s getting better by the day.

Sarah Ellison: Consider this: if (and I emphasize the word if) Bryant McKinnie plays left tackle when the regular season begins, then tonight we watched a starting offensive line that featured four positions filled by players who likely won’t be there in Week 1. Only guard Ben Grubbs played in the spot he is expected to fill. The unit was without McKinnie, Matt Birk and Marshal Yanda. Plus Oher could swing to the right. So when the offense was out of sync early in the game, you can understand why. Despite all that, the offense still heated up later in the game. The combination of Lee Evans, Anquan Boldin and Ed Dickson highlighted the Ravens’ new BIG-play ability.

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