Preseason Game 4: Ravens vs. Saints
When: Saturday, 8/28/2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
Live Stream: NFL.com
Radio: 98 Rock
Local Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail
|Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail |
WBAL (NBC/11 – Baltimore)
Comcast Sportsnet Plus (Mid-Atlantic)
WJLA (ABC/7 – Washington)
WHTM (ABC/27 – Harrisburg PA)
|8:00 ET||Joel Meyers, Sean Kelley, John Stinchcomb |
WVUE (FOX/8 – New Orleans)
Cox Sports Television
WPMI (NBC/15 – Mobile AL)
Betting Line: Ravens +3, O/U 43 1/2
Preview: The Ravens continued their solid play this preseason with a convincing victory over the Washington Redskins in week 3, which extended their record to 3-0. Unlike the first two games, however, the run game was not a major contributor to the offense’s success. The Ravens could only muster 3.4 yards per carry on the ground while Ray Rice watched from the sidelines and Bernard Pierce suffered a concussion early.
Thankfully, both the passing offense and defensive pass rush showed up and dominated the action. The defense racked up seven quarterback hits and three sacks, keeping the Redskin’s quarterbacks on their heels throughout the evening. Joe Flacco had another solid outing, and wide receiver Steve Smith had his first big game in a Ravens uniform, catching a diving catch for a touchdown.
The Saints had an equally dominant performance in a 23-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night. It was the preseason debut for all-world quarterback Drew Brees, who already appeared to be in midseason form while throwing two touchdowns in three first quarter drives.
The Saints have even more offensive weapons this season to add to their already impressive array, and the defense has steadily improved under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Many people have picked the Saints as Super Bowl contenders this season, and for good reason.
The Ravens and Saints have met a total of five times, with the Ravens holding the all time edge, 4-1. The last time these two teams met was in December 2010, when the Ravens won 30-24. In that game, Ray Rice was the MVP with 153 yards and a touchdown on the ground, plus 5 receptions for 80 yards and another touchdown through the air. Drew Brees led the Saints on 29 of 46 passing for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The starters presumably won’t see much, if any, action in this particular matchup, but it is the final chance for 22 players to make an impression before the roster must be cut to 53 players from 75.
Prediction: Ravens 23, Saints 20
Tags: Baltimore Ravens