Ravens vs. Saints grades, preseason week 1

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Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stands on the sidelines during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints the in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching: B

You have to give the Ravens’ coaching staff a lot of credit.  They had the team in regular season form for the first week of preseason, which is normally a sloppy effort from most squads.  Despite employing a new offensive coordinator and a ton of new (and young) players, they got the job done.

It was about as balanced of an offensive effort as you can get as the Ravens attempted 38 passes and ran the ball 39 times.  They showed good discipline as well, committing only 6 penalties for 65 yards vs. the 16-143 committed by the Saints.

Defensively, it would have been nice to see more sacks, but the Ravens were disruptive and got consistent pressure.  They just couldn’t seal the deal, nor could they record an interception against a group of underwhelming QB’s.

All-in-all, a very solid effort for a first preseason game, and it gives Ravens fans a lot to be excited for going forward.

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