Ravens vs. Falcons grades: Preseason week 4

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Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Bryn Renner (2) drops back to pass during the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

We won’t blame you for having low expectations/interest in the epic battle of the backups which was the fourth preseason game for the Baltimore Ravens.  But if you spent the night watching college football instead, you missed a pretty darn good and admittedly interesting game against the Atlanta Falcons.

As expected, no starters for either team saw the field.  There were, however, some backups and fringe roster players fighting for their jobs ahead of Saturday’s 53 player roster deadline.

The Ravens’ reserve defense struggled once again at first and allowed an opening drive score.  They continued to allow the Falcons to pick up chunk gains, but limited them to a pair of field goals thereafter.

On the bright side, both Matt Schaub and Bryn Renner performed well but had a tough time getting the Ravens actual points until the fourth quarter, when Renner sparked a late rally to get them within one point.  A failed two point attempt sealed the Ravens’ fate, and the game.

As we do each week, we’re going to dive into the statistics and hand out report card grades to each major component of the Ravens’ team performance.  We’ll get started with the offense.

Next: Offense

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