Zach Brown

Defense looks the part in Ravens' 23-3 preseason win over Redskins, but 'O' does little to quell concern

Defense looks the part in Ravens' 23-3 preseason win over Redskins, but 'O' does little to quell concern

Ryan Mallett and the Ravens’ de-facto starting offense didn’t alleviate any concerns that will arise if quarterback Joe Flacco’s absence becomes a lengthy one. The Ravens’ starting defense did little to tone down any of the preseason hype about how good it can become.

The preseason opener — a 23-3 victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night before an announced 70,469 at M&T Bank Stadium — went according to form if you had been following the Ravens over the first two weeks of training camp. The Mallett-led offense struggled despite repeatedly getting the ball in good field position. The starting defense and top defensive reserves overwhelmed the Redskins.

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