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Ravens 23, Redskins 17

Knee-Jerk Reactions Ravens 23, Redskins 17

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“Welcome back D!!!” ~ Paul Lukoskie

After a couple of disappointing ends to drives to start the game, the Ravens offense really clicked in the second quarter. Steve Smith and Joe Flacco seem to have developed some great chemistry this offseason. Smith’s passion is a welcomed sight, and is great for an offense that was missing that fire last year after the trade of Anquan Boldin. ~ Ryan Jones

Overall…VERY physical preseason game…The Good…the Ravens defense showed up and attacked the line of scrimmage. Brandon Williams is developing into a difference maker. Steve Smith brings some needed attitude and toughness to the offense…Joe Flacco got it together after a rough start behind some shoddy pass protection.

The Bad…the pass protection regressed and Bernard Pierce’s durability or lack thereof is a major concern. He’ll be asked to carry the load during the first two games. It’s tough to ask a china doll to do that…The short yardage offense needs work. ~ Tony Lombardi

The defense played a stingy game despite being short-handed on the back end. For a second week, the offense looked much better in the shotgun running their two-minute attack. The running game and pass protection was non-existent in the face of the Redskins’ rush, but the team eventually got the timing down on their short passing game and hit on some one-on-one matchups on the outside. ~ Dev Panchwagh

The O-line took a step back today particularly on the ground where the team just couldn’t get going. The D-line was a completely different story and looked great against both the run and pass. ~ Tyler Lombardi

The Ravens offensive line is still showing some bumps in the road regarding pass pro and run blocking. For the second straight week the Ravens first team offense thrived in the two-minute drill scoring touchdowns. Ravens defensive front rises from the ashes showing relentless pressure on RGIII. Steve Smith Sr. is proving age is just a mere number. ~ Brian Bower

I’m not sure I’ve ever left a game as confused as this one. There were a lot of positive takeaways (Steve Smith, Kyle Juszczyk, C.J Mosley), but they didn’t come without their “what was that?” moments. All in all, keeping RGIII in check for most of the night was what Dean Pees’ unit needed. To be Frank(s), this secondary is fairly weak without Smith and Webb (see what I did there?). Here’s hoping for a healthy Week One. I’m glad Justin Tucker is our kicker. He booted a 69-yarder in warm ups that went through. All in all, a win over the Redskins makes for a good night. ~ Joe Wedra

Any objective observer saw tonight how Joe Flacco earned his contract. He faced constant pressure and still completed 70 percent of his passes for 183 yards and 1 TD. Washington got after Baltimore on the line of scrimmage, but the Ravens settled down, made plays when they needed to and held off the Redskins for a solid 23-17 win. ~ Mike Fast

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