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Ravens Fall to Falcons 10-9 in Last Warmup

There was a lot that could be said about last night?s final preseason game between Baltimore and Atlanta; non-descript, or boring come to mind. It certainly wasn?t an offensive eruption with several field goals and one score in the fading moments of the half providing all the scoring. But for Baltimore fans there were several positives to get out of watching last night?s contest.

Joe Flacco made a fairly solid account of himself and looks to be penciled in as the starter for week one. He showed poise, threw a few nice balls and went 8 of 13 for 72 yards. The Ravens new de facto backup, Casey Bramlet, just signed off of waivers from the Chargers didn?t do that badly for someone who yesterday morning was unemployed. He tossed two picks but has familiarity with Cam Cameron?s offense. His fate with the team still rests on several questions still left unanswered.

Kyle Boller looks to have a partially torn labrum and should go on the PUP list before the season begins. Troy Smith?s condition has actually worsened. He was admitted to the hospital and has lost thirteen pounds due to the infection. So even though Coach Harbaugh was quoted as saying that Flacco was a contender to the job and not yet give the title of starting quarterback I really can?t see any other decision being made.

Other Points of Interest

· The receiving corps was about at full strength as Mark Clayton looked sharp catching four passes for 38 yards and Demetrius Williams made his long awaited return to the slot position and caught a 22 yard gain over the middle. The production and health of these two are key to an improved attack for the club.

· Reserve safety, Jim Leonhard had a solid outing nabbing a pick and providing decent output in the return game. It?s looking more and more like Edward Reed will not be ready for the home opener and it?s encouraging to see the play of Leonard, Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura could be helpful in filling the void.

· The running combo or Ray Rice and Le?Ron McClain could be intriguing to watch. With Willis McGahee recovering from knee surgery and the knocks on him about being the three down back the team wants him to be, this could be an underrated alternative.

· The offensive line wasn?t bad at all. It sounds bad typing that with such surprise attached to it but both Adam Terry and Jared Gaither returned to join what could a stalwart interior line and did a nice job in pass protection.

· Just nine days away and it all counts for real. Are you ready for some football?

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