Oct 19, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) congratulates Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after the Ravens beat the Falcons 29-7 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Preseason Game 4: Ravens vs. Falcons
When: Thursday, 9/3/2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Live Stream: NFL.com
Local TV/Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail
WBAL (NBC/11 – Baltimore)
Comcast Sportsnet Plus (Mid-Atlantic)
WJLA (ABC/7 – Washington)
WHTM (ABC/27 – Harrisburg PA)
Preview: The Baltimore Ravens are once again, for the second straight week, licking their wounds following a blowout preseason loss. While the starters played well and led the Ravens to an early 13-0 lead over the Washington Redskins, the backups allowed a 31-0 run to finish the game.
The loss came amidst a laundry list of injuries that just keeps growing for the Ravens, who added Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy, and DeAngelo Tyson to the list in week 3. Their offensive line injuries have caused a number of issues in both pass protection and in the running game over the last two weeks.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons are coming off their own two game losing streak after falling to the Miami Dolphins last week, 13-9. The Falcons have had some protection issues of their own up front as their quarterbacks absorbed 6 sacks last week alone.
The Falcons have also struggled to move the ball on the ground, leading to a paltry 2.1 yard per carry average last week against the Dolphins’ stout defensive front. They also struggled with turnovers, committing 4 fumbles and losing 2.
We’re almost assured that this game will be a battle of the backups and fringe roster players, with a few rookies sprinkled in who might need to absorb some reps ahead of the regular season’s start. Having said that, this is a tough one to predict.
Ravens backup quarterback Matt Schaub has struggled mightily this preseason, and third stringer Bryn Renner wasn’t much better last week. If they continue their woes this week, the Ravens won’t have much of a chance to score points, particularly if Schaub continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate. This one projects to be a rather ugly, potentially low scoring affair.
Prediction: Falcons 17, Ravens 13
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