BALTIMORE - The Ravens' first-team offense did have one standout play, Torrey Smith's electrifying 77-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown on their second offensive series.
Otherwise, there wasn't much Baltimore's first team offense did during Thursday's preseason game against Atlanta Falcons that could be viewed as positive.
The Ravens won the game, 27-23, largely because of a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown during the fourth quarter from reserve cornerback Asa Jackson.
But aside from the big play to Smith, Baltimore's first-team offense produced just 54 yards and two first downs on the other six possessions it was in the game for.
The offensive starters were pulled after the first half.
"We were just sloppy," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. "We never got into a rhythm. The one drive we did score, but it was just one play. We were just sloppy - penalties, mistakes and stuff like that.
"We just weren't good, and we didn't play well. We've just got to get back to practice [and] continue to improve. And when we come out here, we've got to play better."
As Flacco alluded to, It was just an ugly all-around showing for the Ravens' offense.
The offensive line had trouble creating holes for Ray Rice in the running game, and the combination of Flacco and Baltimore's pass-catchers struggled to get much going in the passing game besides the big play to Smith.
The Ravens went three-and-out on three of their first four possessions. The fifth possession ended with an ill-advised Flacco interception that Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel returned to Baltimore's 2-yard line.
The interception came as a result of Flacco attempting to force a short pass into a congested area to wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The pass hit a Falcons defender in the back and deflected into the air and eventually picked off by Samuel.
Excluding Smith's touchdown, the Ravens' other first half possessions consisted of one where they lost 12 yards on three plays before punting, another where they picked up just three yards before punting, one where they picked up just nine yards before having to punt, the one that ended with the interception and another during which Baltimore picked up a first down but was forced to punt four plays later.
The last possession Flacco and the Ravens' first-team offense consisted of just a simple kneel down to run out the final moments in the closing seconds of the first half.
Two penalties on center A.Q. Shipley didn't help. But overall, the lack of success was a result of a lack of execution.
"There were too many mistakes, but they're all correctable," Smith said. "We know what we did wrong, and we weren't as sharp as we needed to be, but that's what the preseason is for."
Flacco's numbers weren't bad on paper - 7 of 9 for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
But aside from the touchdown to Smith, he was just 6 of 8 for 41 yards and an interception in a half of action.
Rice handled the full workload at running back with Baltimore holding Bernard Pierce out for precautionary reasons after injuring his knee last week.
Rice finished with just 10 yards on eight carries.
The one bright spot for the first-team offense was Smith.
Who emerges as the starting receiver opposite Smith is likely the Ravens' biggest question mark at this point of the summer - and Thursday did little (if anything) to answer that question - but Smith continues to impress.
He's had a strong training camp. And on Thursday, he had the touchdown catch-and-run on Baltimore's second possession and later helped convert a third-and-6, picking up eight yards on a catch over the middle.
But for the most part, Thursday was an aberration for the first-team units of the defending Super Bowl champions.
The new-look defense that has looked so good during training camp and that did well for the most part during the Ravens' preseason opener last week gave up 255 yards and 16 touchdowns during the first half.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 8 of 15 for 97 yards and a touchdown before being pulled early in the second quarter.
He led Atlanta to scores on two of the four drives he was in the game for, including a 7-play, 80-yard drive near the end of the first quarter that he capped with an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Julio Jones.
He was replaced by Dominique Davis, who went 6 for 6 for 82 yards during the remainder of the first half while working against a group that consisted of several of the Ravens' defensive starters.
Atlanta led 20-7 at halftime.
"It wasn't perfect, but is good for us," Baltimore outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We're playing a good team. We knew they were going to make some plays, but it's all about how you respond.
"This was good for us - a little humble pie. We had a lot of success last week with everything pretty much going our way. Atlanta is a very good team, and you can't make the mistakes we did. It's that simple."