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Preston: After wake-up call against Bengals, Ravens need to rediscover their identity

Preston: After wake-up call against Bengals, Ravens need to rediscover their identity

Maybe now the Ravens have returned to their senses.

Late last week, they were a team in conflict, one that had gotten carried away with its own hype on offense and defense. In a 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, the Ravens thought they were the San Diego Chargers of the early 1980s and Dan Fouts was the quarterback.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw 55 times, continuing a trend that began in the preseason and continued in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills, when the Ravens lit up some sorry defensive teams. The Ravens got excited, maybe too excited.

They had three new receivers, Flacco was more agile and effective than in the two previous...

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