Ravens vs. Saints: 3 things to watch for

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Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) celebrates with quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after a touchdown run during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Ravens defeated the Saints 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The wait is finally over, Baltimore Ravens fans.  We finally get to see this new look Ravens squad take the field tonight against the New Orleans Saints in week one of four preseason matchups.  Sure, it isn’t nearly as exciting as week one of the regular season promises to be, but it’s better than nothing.

Both teams underwent a fairly extensive offseason overhaul, and both will use the next four weeks to ensure their changes, both necessary and unexpected, are implemented as smoothly and flawlessly as possible.

The Ravens are entering yet another season with a new offensive coordinator and after facing another mass exit of several notable players via free agency.  They hope to continue last year’s offensive and defensive performances with new players and coaches.

The Saints are trying to change their philosophy from a pass-first team that plays some defense to a team that plays stout defense and is more balanced offensively.  Quarterback Drew Brees will also be adjusting to life without Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham after the team dealt him to the Seahawks this offseason.

So no matter what happens or who plays tonight, there are plenty of interesting things for fans to keep an eye on.  Here are 3, in particular, that are notable for Ravens fans.

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