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Pre-Season Match-Up: Detroit @ Baltimore

Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:00 PM

M&T Bank Stadium

Baltimore is home for game two of the preseason hosting the Detroit Lions.

Detroit Lions:

The Detroit Lions pose a good test for the Ravens. A strong defensive line with Ndamukong Sue and company.  On offense, an excellent passing attack with Matt Stafford and his ‘go-to’ receiver Calvin Johnson.  The team s hoping top draft picks OT Riley Reiff (rd.1) and Ryan Broyles, WR (rd.2) will add to their offense.

PRE GAME NOTES

OFFENSE:

Offensive line:  Going into last season there was worry over the offensive line “gelling.” —Well, same panic this season. After  game one of the preseason opener concerns arise by some analysts.  Keep in mind Matt Birk is not playing and a rookie is in with the first team. Yes, there is a lot of questions, but let’s see how things pan out, there is plenty of preseason left.  A plus is that rookie Kelechi Osemele (aka ‘KO’) has been a pleasant surprise at guard and right tackle.

Running Backs:  Anthony Allen didn’t play well in game one, he has to step up. Bobby Rainey excelled in game one and has good hands. Bernard Pierce has been hampered by a hamstring. He has to get on the field to compete for that back up role.

No Huddle: The team is implementing more ‘no huddle‘. It’s a good move, and Flacco should excel barring the offensive line missing pass protection assignments.

 

DEFENSE:

Courtney Upshaw was sidelined in game one with a minor shoulder injury. Can’t wait to see him in action—the more reps the better. Albert McClellan has stepped up his game. He could be a valuable piece in the Ravens defense.

Terrence Cody and Ma’ake Kemoeatu.  Kemoeatu is playing well and maybe putting pressure on Cody. The fact is, the Ravens need depth and like to rotate their defensive lineman.

The Secondary: There quite a bit of worry after game one when the Ravens first team secondary didn’t put up a good performance. Remember it’s preseason and only one game, the secondary is a talented one and their depth keeps getting better.  Cary Williams vs. Jimmy Smith is the contest to watch, both vying for the second starting CB opposite Webb.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker Billy Cundiff must show consistency.  The coverage team should improve, they didn’t have their best game last week.


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