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Ravens Roughed Up By Lions 27-12

Flacco and the Offense Could Only Settle for Field Goals Tonight.

The Ravens secondary knew that they would be tested by one of the league best receivers in Calvin Johnson.

It’s a test they most surely failed.

Johnson caught 5 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Detroit Lions to a 27-12 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at M & T Bank Stadium. While Matthew Stafford got his offense humming for a 17-point Second Quarter that would give his team the lead for good.  Stafford finished 12-17 for 184 yards and two touchdowns.

Joe Flacco was able to get the Ravens offense moving (7-12, 79 yds.) in the early going but his unit couldn’t put the ball in the endzone. Instead it became a night for Baltimore fans to focus on the hotly contested kicking battle between incumbent Billy Cundiff and undrafted rookie Justin Kicker. Each player hit two field goals a piece to account for the Ravens scoring on the evening.

The battle for backup Quarterback continues to develop in Baltimore as Tyrod Taylor had a difficult evening going 8 for 22 for 65 yards. Taylor got the bulk of the work and did little to distance himself from Curtis Painter even though he did run for 60 yards on 7 carries. Painter wasn’t much better after being inserted into the game with only five minutes remaining. He was 10 for 20 with an interception.

The Ravens defense still seems to be finding itself under first year coordinator Dean Pees as they surrendered 254 yards in the First Half and 507 for the game. A huge touchdown run by the Lions Stephfon Green for 76 yards was the exclamation point on a rough night for the group.

The Ravens will stay at home and attempt to get back on track on August 23rd as they play the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third Pre-Season game of 2012.

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One Response to “Ravens Roughed Up By Lions 27-12”

  1. Judy Bowen says:

    I knew we would have a rough night against Stafford and Megatron, but not this rough. I guess we’re saving our first-stringers for the real season? I didn’t see much of Ed Reed or Lardarius Webb. The defense looked lame with the exception of Haloti. It’s tough on a team when they have a new defensive coordinator every year. I thought they used Ray Lewis in that capacity to a certain degree, but I don’t know what they have him doing right now.

    Hope we improve.

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