Ravens Looked Ugly Against The Rams.
August 24, 2008
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The Ravens lost 24-10 to the Rams in their third preseason game. Kyle Boller and Troy Smith both ended up missing the game despite the expectation that Smith would start and play three quarters. Boller has a shoulder problem that caused him to miss practice all week and Troy Smith had flu-like symptoms and problems with his voice that kept him out of the game. With the line problems that the Ravens have been having I don’t blame either player for sitting this one out. Adam Terry is having issues coming back from injury and playing right tackle. Jared Gaither is still injured, so I think that the Ravens should move Terry back to left tackle and possibly move Marshal Yanda back to right tackle. The interior line has played well so it might not be such a great idea to upset that continuity by moving Yanda, but I don’t think the Ravens have any other options.
The defense had issues for the second week in a row, but you have to expect some issues with the amount of backups the Ravens are fielding against an opponents first team. One thing we’re learning about the Ravens defense is there still isn’t much depth at corner and when the pass rush isn’t there they are getting exposed (just like last year). Ray Lewis and Trevor Pryce only played one defensive series while Kelly Gregg, Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle, Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed didn’t play at all (Rolle and Ngata were supposed to play some, but I didn’t see them on the field). I still believe the defense will be OK if most of those players come back and play during the regular season.