Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 34-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker analyzes the Ravens after their third preseason game, a 34-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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4( Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun / August 15, 2013 )
Preseason means a little more than it did in recent seasons.
With last year's Ravens, it was easy to shrug off lousy possessions in the preseason. There simply weren't many questions about whom Flacco could trust once the real games began.
In 2013, with Boldin and Pitta out of the picture, the outlook is far murkier. We really don't know what the Ravens offense will look like when the team opens in Denver in less than two weeks.
Will Torrey Smith (pictured) be as big a deep threat with more defensive focus on him? Do the Ravens even have a genuine No. 2 receiver? Will any of the tight ends approach Pitta's production? Will Stokley be the guy Flacco trusts on third down?
We can't look to last season for answers. And with the starters unlikely to play much next week, we've pretty well lost any shot at finding clarity from this year's exhibition slate.
The mystery will linger into the regular season. That's just the way it's going to be.