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Instant Analysis of the Ravens' 40-17 preseason loss to the Eagles

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Instant analysis of the Ravens' preseason loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia:

Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: I didn't read too much into the joint practices where the offense looked sloppy and punchless and the defense struggled to stop the Eagles. But this was a continuation of that, with the Eagles getting whatever they wanted and the Ravens faltering in all three phases. It's nowhere near time to press the panic button, but I'd imagine the players won't have a lot of fun at practice and in film sessions this week. It doesn't matter that it's the preseason. There's nothing that miffs John Harbaugh more than undisciplined and uninspired play. And the Ravens need to get some healthy bodies into their locker room, too. Being left with nine healthy offensive linemen for the second preseason game is not a good situation.

Jon Meoli, reporter: If you have to wear a bad loss in the preseason, it’s best for all involved if you do so while staying healthy. That wasn’t the case for the Ravens, who lost a pair of offensive linemen and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro Saturday night. The defense had no answer to the Eagles’ hurry-up offense, Joe Flacco was picked off twice, and a special teams unit with most of the first-choice players in allowed a punt return for a touchdown. Part of the Ravens' success lately has been that they don’t let such games fester, preseason or not. That will have to apply that again. A gold star goes to guard-tackle Ryan Jensen, who played every offensive snap and looked pretty good doing it.

Mike Preston, columnist: It might have been only a preseason game, but this was one of the ugliest games in Ravens history. They played as if they had no interest in the game. Look for coach John Harbaugh to be in a sour mood this week. He was embarrassed in a homecoming game. The Eagles just had more intensity.

Childs Walker, reporter: Well, that was dreadful. The Ravens are severely banged up, especially on the offensive line, and they were outclassed in all three phases of the game Saturday. They couldn’t keep up with Chip Kelly’s offense and sabotaged themselves with 17 penalties. The only solace is this game will be forgotten by Sept. 13.

Alexander Pyles, Ravens editor: Forget the rest: Could that first quarter have gone any worse for the Ravens? Don't answer that. But after watching Joe Flacco throw two interceptions, the defense allow 17 points and so many players leave the field with injuries, the team and its fans have to be happy that the Ravens got out of Philadelphia without suffering worse. A big question going into this game was whether the Ravens secondary improved since last season -- and that 17-0 score after the first quarter doesn't look good -- but the picks thrown by Flacco twice put the defense in a tough position. Just pack up and be grateful this was only the second preseason game.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: It's just preseason, but when you get crushed in every phase of the game and have as many penalties and injuries as the Ravens did, there's cause for concern. Maybe the intense training camp John Harbaugh ran did more harm than good because the Ravens don't look like a football team anywhere near ready for the regular season. 

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