Ravens vs. Eagles grades, preseason week 2

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Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Offense: D

Things started off promising enough as Joe Flacco marched the offense 36 yards down the field into Eagles territory, but a deep pass intended for Kamar Aiken was deflected and intercepted.  On the very next drive, Flacco overthrew Marlon Brown and Byron Maxwell intercepted that pass as well.

Things didn’t get much better after that.

The Ravens went down 30-0 before third stringer Bryn Renner finally got the Ravens on the board with a seven yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller.  Flacco and backup QB Matt Schaub combined for a horrid 15 of 27 passing for 152 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 sacks.  Flacco finished with a comical 11.9 QB rating.

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The ground game looked much better on paper, racking up 150 yards on 33 carries, but it wasn’t all roses.  Justin Forsett had a solid 28 yards on 5 carries (5.8 avg), but his top two backups didn’t fare as well.  Lorenzo Taliaferro had only 8 yards on 4 carries (2.0 avg), and Buck Allen racked up 19 yards on 6 carries (3.2 avg).

In all fairness, the Ravens were without six offensive linemen coming into the game, and three more left with injuries during the course of the beat down.  As an indication of how bad things truly were, practice squad player Marcel Jones was forced to play right guard with the first team offense.

None of the wide receivers stood out, but we can blame that mostly on poor quarterback play and the swiss cheese offensive line.  The top performers were DeAndre Carter (3 catches on 5 targets, 34 yards), Darren Waller (3 catches on 6 targets, 21 yards, 1 TD), and Maxx Williams (3 catches on 4 targets, 25 yards).

Overall, an ugly showing from Marc Trestman’s unit.  69 yards and 0 points from the first team offense is unacceptable, no matter when you’re playing.  We’ll have to hope this train gets back on the track in next week’s regular season dress rehearsal against the Redskins.

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