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Preseason Game #4 – Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore Ravens 8/28/08

Here we are ready for the final dress rehearsal before the week long countdown to pro football begins. Here are some things to watch while you watch the game.

1. The winner is…. – I can’t hold it off, THE question for this team is the quarterback position.
Here is what we know today. Joe Flacco has been running with the first team and should start the game tomorrow. Troy Smith is still battling a viral infection and is a game-time decision. Coaches are hoping that Smith will at least be able to play some, so that it makes it easier when they make him the starter for game one. If he doesn’t play at all it will be most interesting to see what the final decision will be. Kyle Boller took an MRI yesterday and the results weren’t encouraging and he could be out for the year. This could mean looking at Dante Culpepper, John Beck (who should get cut by the Dolphins) or maybe the Niners’ Shaun Hill via a trade. None of those options looks very good.

2. Get out healthy – You should only see the vets in limited action so they can save it for the field. I always find the last game the most boring since really the final cut downs need to be made and the older players just don’t want to pull a hamstring.

3. This just in – The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Tampa Bay defensive lineman Marques Douglas will be traded to the Ravens pending a physical, a team official confirmed.The Ravens will send the Buccaneers a late-round draft choice in 2009 and a conditional pick in 2010 for Douglas, who has had two previous stints in Baltimore. Douglas will fill the void left in the rotation by Dwan Edwards, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.The Ravens will also pick up the contract for Douglas, who recently signed a four-year, $10.1 million contract with Tampa Bay.

I guess they are still worried about the pass rush, which may be justified.

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