The Ravens’ starting offense engineered a 16-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on their first possession of the game. Joe Flacco’s first and only possession consisted of going five for six with 33 yards and an 83.3% completion percentage.
Flacco’s offense set the tone, making safe throws. The biggest play was on third-and-7 from the Saint’s 42 with Flacco rolling out to his left for a gain of 17 yards.
Taliaferro’s outing shows improvement in his second year. In the first quarter, he carried the ball on the five of the next six plays. Also, on a foruth-and-1 from one, Taliferro pushed into the end zone.
Matt Schaub came in for the second half and threw a 45-yard scoring touchdown to Michael Campanaro. Through the end of the third quarter, Schaub went 11 for 18 for 134 yards with an interception.
Justin Tucker was showing off his kicking skills as he made three field goals, including one from 51 yards.
Terrell Suggs and the starting defense stopped the New Orleans Saints, forcing them into a three-and-out.
One thing many fans noticed at last night’s game was the absence of Drew Brees. The decision was Coach Sean Payton’s. The former Super Bowl MVP was seen participating in pregame drills but remained on the sideline during the game.
According to ESPN, coach Payton said, “It was our plan for the game,”
As far as the preseason game goes for the Ravens, everything went well with a few minor scrapes. The first-team offense and defense give high expectations for the upcoming season. However, it is the second-team defense that needs more work moving forward.
The second-team defense allowed McCown to throw a 28-yard touchdown to Brandin Cooks. The Ravens gave up a six-play-90-yard touchdown drive when Ryan Griffin hit Khiry Robinson for a 21-yard touchdown.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Dean Peas expressed his take on the lackluster second string defense saying “it doesn’t matter who is in there,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “We can’t give up a 90-yard drive at the end of the half — or a game. We had some players tackling high, and we didn’t cover the way we can.”
In spite of the inconsistencies with the defense, the Ravens managed to pull out a victory. They beat the saints, 30-27. Despite his previous drive’s interception, Renner needed short memory in order to drive down the field and get the victory. All of this taking place in front of 70,501 fans at M&T Bank Stadium thanks to their unsung quarterback Bryn Renner’s touchdown with two seconds remaining in the game.
A majority of the mistakes can be attributed to first game jitters and nervousness. “In the first preseason game, you always feel a few nerves,” Flacco said. “You really want to do well, because you’re not playing that many reps and you need to make the most of them. It was a great way for us to start off the game, to have a good, solid drive with everybody in there and feel good about it. Now, we need to get back to practice and continue what we have been building.”
The next Ravens game takes place in Philadelphia against the Eagles on August 22nd.