Andrew Whitworth

Joe Flacco, Ravens defense excel in dominant 33-7 preseason win over Rams

Joe Flacco, Ravens defense excel in dominant 33-7 preseason win over Rams

For Joe Flacco’s first drive of the 2018 preseason, he had a long ways to go. It was his only possession in charge of a long-derided Ravens offense Thursday night, and if his response is any kind of table setter for a season of necessarily heightened expectations, Baltimore’s plans for this fall should include more feast than famine.

In a game-opening drive against the Los Angeles Rams that covered 70 yards and ended in the end zone, Flacco passed for 71. (A 15-yard penalty on right guard James Hurst midway through accounted for the funky math.) The 33-year-old called on his old reliables, the short passes and dump-offs that have been become punch lines through...

81°