Ravens vs. Eagles grades, preseason week 2

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Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA;Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) meet on the field after the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Ravens, 40-17. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Well, at least it doesn’t count.

That’s about the only positive thing that came out of the Baltimore Ravens’ 40-17 Saturday night shellacking at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.  One week after looking sharp on both sides of the ball, the Ravens appeared to be practicing rather than trying to win a game.

Joe Flacco threw a pair of picks, the first team defense gave up scores on all three of their drives, special teams gave up a 68 yard touchdown on a punt return, and there were penalties galore. Shockingly, if third string quarterback Bryn Renner hadn’t of tossed two touchdowns in garbage time, this game would have been worse.

Thankfully, it’s not time to freak out yet, even though many already are.  The Colts looked equally bad against the Eagles last week.  Will it translate to regular season success?  Only time will tell, but these games rarely indicate what is coming once things get “real.”

In the meantime, we are going to take a deeper look at the game and break down each component of the Ravens’ performance to see what went wrong, and maybe even find a thing or two that actually went right, in our weekly report card.

Next: Offense

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