After an embarrassing loss last week vs Philly, the Ravens will be looking to bounce back in arguably the “most important” Preseason game. Here are some things to watch:
1. Joe Cool Needs to Stay Cool. Last week, the Eagles were able to get after Flacco, and he made some out of character poor decisions which led to turnovers. Flacco must look to make better decisions if the Ravens want to be running on all cylinders once the season starts. This week is basically a dress rehearsal for Week 1, so Baltimore will want to look sharp.
2. Will the D rebound? It’s not very often, backups playing or not, that 40 points get hung on the Baltimore Ravens. It happened last week, and for a team who’s culture is all about toughness and defense, look for the Ravens to bring some extra intensity to the game. They’re playing for pride.
3. Wide (Open) Receiver Position: With Breshad Perriman, a projected starter, looking to be out longer than expected, look for more opportunities for plays to be made. Marlon Brown returned last week, and will be looking to gain some ground on the rookie from Central Florida. Brown, along with Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Jeremy Butler will look to fight for playing time in the absence of the 1st round pick.
4. Secondary’s future solidified. Will Hill will (no pun intended) be expected to pick up the tab for his boys in the near future, as the Safety was given a 2 year extension on Thursday. That makes him the 3rd member of the starting secondary to get an extension this offseason, following Cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. The Secondary is now set, they will be expected to hold up to help the pass rush this year.
5. Youngins’ gotta make it count. With major cuts coming before this game, the remaining hopefuls to make the roster best make these limited opportunities in Game 3 count, as after that Game 4 will likely determine their future. The Ravens are often filled with talent that plays elsewhere after they get cut, so this isn’t only an audition in Baltimore, but for the other 31 teams as well.