Found August 09, 2012 on
Ravens Football Machine:
Ravens fans are enthusiastic about getting the 2012 NFL season off to its preseason inaugural in Atlanta this Thursday night... especially with a bunch of Ravens rookies and unproven veterans out to solidify a roster spot.But I'm more interested in how the Ravens defense the potentially explosive Falcons--- including QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones---and how their young guys match up against the Atlanta hopefuls in the "try-out" phase of the game...mainly the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters. More specifically, Ravens fans should be paying attention to how the line play on both sides of the ball is developing...Julio Jones will get his abbreviated reps at WR early in the game... but I'm more interested in seeing how his backup guys fare against the Ravens 2nd and 3rd team secondaries...Perhaps the most discussed and debated area of the Falcons team so far this off-season, the offensive line, is a unit everyone should keep a close eye on in the 1st quarter. The Falcons'...
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Julio Jones had a monster night for the Falcons against the Ravens in their first preseason game. As you can see from this video, he’s all about the Falcon’s future and it’s past.
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If it's too hot to fish, or too hot to golf, it's probably too hot to play football...But with its first preseason game only two days away, the 2012 edition of the Ravens had to keep at it in what amounts to a record heat wave in Baltimore County...It started out like a day at the beach...but it ended with players dropping like flies...Wide receiver Tandon Doss returned...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With the Falcons' two starting cornerbacks banged up and each sitting out at times in practice this week, head coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday that he had not made a determination yet as to whether they, along with a few others, would play in the team's first preseason game on Thursday at the Georgia Dome against Baltimore.
The Falcons did not hold...
Oh wow is Deonte Thompson fast. The free agent receiver got behind the Atlanta defense to score the go-ahead touchdown for the Ravens.
Baltimore now leads the Falcons 24-17.
The second half looks so much better than the first half and the Ravens’ defense is forcing turnovers. They have three tonight.
This game is winding down. The officiating has been horrible.
The Atlanta Falcons are in the best position of NFC South teams to snatch the crown away from the Saints. The Saints have been hit hard this offseason and won’t be the same team in 2012. The Saints lost key offensive weapons in free agency. The defense was very poor last year and, to add on, the Saints have had multiple starting players suspended, along with a coaching change....
Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan had similar stats in their preseason opener.
Flacco had the better support for the Baltimore Ravens.
Flacco and Ryan each threw one touchdown pass, but backup Curtis Painter threw three second-half touchdown passes to lead the Ravens to a 31-17 preseason win over the Falcons on Thursday night.
''I like the way our young guys competed and executed...
The Ravens have looked better against Atlanta’s backups.
The Ravens’ defense recovered a fumble at the 10-yard line leading to a Curtis Painter touchdown pass that went to Billy Bajema, the newest tight end.
That was the tying score. The Ravens seem to be playing a bit better in the second half.
Overall it was a sloppy first half for the Ravens. Baltimore is down 17-7 to the Falcons at halftime.
The first team offense didn’t look great, but did score. Defensively the team struggled.
The Ravens are leaving a lot to be desired, but it is the first preseason game and there shouldn’t be too much to worry about.
All the talk at the wide receiver position during this offseason has revolved around the comebacks being made by Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. While those are nice storylines, the wide receiver most people will be talking about as the season progresses will probably be the Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones. We know that preseason games don’t matter, but an impressive showing...
Didn't see this one coming... but that's why you don't take Game 1 of an NFL preseason too seriously...Joe Flacco's offense struggled against the Atlanta Falcon's first-team defense...and the vaunted Ravens defense struggled against Matt Ryan... but the Ravens' 3rd team offense dominated against the Falcons' 2's and 3's...Curtis Painter shines...
REPORTER: Ed! Ed! How will the Ravens’ defense adjust to playing without Terrell Suggs this season?
ED REED: Reckon I’ll answer your question with a question. Got any food, mister? Any little bit helps.
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First Off - Something I Don"t Want To See Tonight:
Well - that's if it were Matt Ryan, and not Michael Vick. If someone brought Michael Vick out into the middle of the field, slapped his old Falcons uniform on him, and broke his leg again...well...that'd be alright with me. Ultimately, just want to make sure everyone stays good and healthy for the next 21-22...