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Baltimore Ravens turn the ball over 4 times and lose to the Carolina Panthers 34-27

During the preseason usually most teams have established goals they need to reach in preparation for the season opener. Generally the better teams look for a quality performance from their starters. The teams that have been less successful in previous seasons may not only be looking for quality performances, but may also be strongly encouraging a victory to instill greater confidence. On this particular night neither of these targets were reached, raising concerns as the Ravens continue to prepare for the season opener against the Denver Broncos on September 5.

The evening began well for the starters on offense as Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens marched 69 yards on nine plays for the first score of the game. And then the Carolina Panthers defense took over and scored on three possessions, which consisted of two touchdowns off two interceptions and one fumble recovery. The Baltimore Ravens were able to launch another scoring drive, but were not able to capture the offensive consistency they had shown earlier in the game. The offensive line showed a lack of cohesiveness while Bernard Pierce lacked the hard and swift running style he demonstrated late last season fumbling deep in Ravens territory.

As for Joe Flacco he threw two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown, and another that cut short a scoring drive. It may not be time to hit the panic button, but there could be cause for concern.

With the loss of Anquan Bolden to the San Francisco 49ers, Dennis Pitta gone for probably the rest of the season to a hip injury, and Ed Dickson likely to remain on the injury report until the season opener, I would have liked to have seen the starters for the offense play at least one full half of solid reliable football. The starters are not expected to play in the final preseason game. It is commonly accepted that most offenses are behind the defenses at this point in the season. That being said I will let my concerns remain as they are, hidden for now, since the Ravens do have three of the most talented players on almost anyone’s fantasy team. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, and Torrey Smith, play at arguably the three most important positions on the team that being QB, RB, and WR respectively.

The next game on August 29 will be the final preseason matchup in St.Louis against the Rams.


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