Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens beat writer: Ryan Mallett's uneven performance will again get the headlines, which is understandable. His play is even more glaring when Josh Woodrum continues to come in and lead the offense on scoring drives. But let's remember Woodrum is doing that against backups. Remember when Josh Johnson was heralded last summer and Bryn Renner the year before that? Beyond the quarterback situation, the Ravens have a lot of good young talent on this roster. Their backups have completely overwhelmed the opposition these past two weeks, a good indication of the depth they have. They'll have some tough decisions to make in the coming weeks. Justin Tucker, Maxx Williams, Buck Allen, Jaylen Hill, Woodrum and Za'Darius Smith were among the standouts Thursday night.

Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens don't have anything going offensively because they haven't built any continuity. If Joe Flacco goes down with another injury, this team is really in trouble because they can't win consistently with backup Ryan Mallett. In fact, No. 3 quarterback Josh Woodrum threw better than Mallett Thursday night. Defensively, the Ravens can bring the heat on opposing quarterbacks. They can win one-on-one battles or generate pressure with blitzes.


Peter Schmuck, columnist: The defense was stifling again, but the key question of the preseason remains unanswered. Fill-in quarterback Ryan Mallett showed some improvement over last week's performance, but he still did not seem to be in sync with a better group of receivers. He threw a short touchdown pass after the Ravens recovered a blocked punt deep in Miami territory and threw two interceptions, though one was not entirely his fault. On the brighter side of the offensive performance, running back Buck Allen pounded out 40 tough yards on 10 carries and Maxx Williams made a couple of big catches. Second-half quarterback Josh Woodrum, who had a perfect QB rating in last week's game, ran for two touchdowns in another impressive performance, but don't hold your breath waiting for a quarterback controversy to develop.

Childs Walker, sports reporter: The story didn't change much this week as the starting defense dominated and the starting offense played erratically. With so much beef in the middle and so many good players on the back end, the Ravens will be a bear to score on. But it's almost impossible to gauge their offensive progress as long as Ryan Mallett is starting, even though he did make a few more standout plays this time around. That makes these games frustrating to watch, no matter the results.

Mallett uneven again as Ravens' starting offense struggles in 31-7 win over Dolphins

Mallett TD pass, two Justin Tucker field goals lead Ravens to halftime lead

Edward Lee, sports reporter: As convincing as the final score was, there should still be some concerns about the starting offense. That unit was stuck in neutral throughout the first quarter, and the Ravens needed huge plays on special teams to get Justin Tucker's second field goal and Larry Donnell's touchdown catch to take a 13-7 lead in the second quarter. The offensive line was a patchwork group, but Ryan Mallett still underthrew or threw behind his receivers.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: It's hard to get too excited because the Dolphins are terrible, but the Ravens just dominated on defense and on special teams. What was Jay Cutler thinking? Go back to the comfort of the broadcast booth. On offense, the Ravens made too many mistakes, especially quarterback Ryan Mallett. But there are better college offensive lines than the one the Ravens fielded. I'm not sure you're going to see anything resembling an offense until about Week 4 of the regular season.

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