Instant analysis after Ravens' 13-9 win over Bills
By The Baltimore Sun
Aug 26, 2017 | 10:05 PM
Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck talks about the Ravens' 13-9 win over to the Buffalo Bills. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
How reporters saw the Ravens' 13-9 win over the Buffalo Bills in the third preseason game Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium:
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: You keep waiting for the Ravens' starting offense to show you something to ease the concerns and it hasn't happened. The best news for the offense came before the game when wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who has been out since Aug.1 with a hamstring issue, went through a full workout and looked good. Otherwise, the Ravens offense again struggled. As for the defense, well, there's no concerns there. They are fast and deep. It's time for the preseason to end.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: If anyone was expecting some epiphany during the Ravens' third preseason game, it was not forthcoming. Ryan Mallett was Ryan Mallett, completing a handful of passes during a relative brief performance before giving way to young Josh Woodrum, who did not follow up on his strong second-half performances in the first two games. None of that will matter if Joe Flacco returns to practice this week and is ready to play in the regular season opener in Cincinnati. The first-string defense continues to dominate, so whomever is quarterback should be in caretaker mode early on. The Ravens got a scare when kicker Justin Tucker was removed from the game to undergo the concussion protocol after trying to make a tackle on kickoff coverage, but he was cleared.
Edward Lee, reporter: In an utterly forgettable game for those who watched, the Ravens got just enough production from their second- and third-string players in the second half to pull out a 10-7 win against the Buffalo Bills. While the starting defense still looks strong, the first offense continued its malaise from the first two games of the preseason and is still looking for any sort of rhythm. Fans can't wait for quarterback Joe Flacco to return, but who knows if he and his injured back can spark a unit in desperate need of cohesion and playmakers.
Childs Walker, reporter: Different game, same story. The Ravens' defense again looked impenetrable, with the reserves playing nearly as well as the starters. The offense was again sloppy and incapable of capitalizing on excellent field position. The Ravens have to be particularly troubled by their unproductive running game. Even when Joe Flacco returns, they'll need to do better on the ground to have a half-way functional offense.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: The Ravens didn't produce much offense, and for th third straight preseason game, didn't need to. The defense and special teams took care of everything. The Ravens have outscored teams 67-19 in the preaseason, but none of the teams they've beaten appear to be playoff-caliber teams. It remains to be seen if this translates to the regular season. But the defensive domination has been fun to watch this preseason.