It was his second consecutive start after making a rough NFL debut against the New England Patriots.
Flacco has been more accurate and consistent than Smith, who is being hospitalized for at least the next two days at
Flacco went 3 for 4 for 40 yards on the drive.
"Joe was solid and threw the ball well," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. "That was good to see. It is disappointing not to close drives. I said it before this preseason: We need to score touchdowns.”
Flacco had plenty of time to throw and wasn’t sacked after being sacked six times in the previous three preseason contests.
After that score, Flacco left the game and took his place on the sideline next to Boller, whose severely injured throwing shoulder has endangered his season. It’s unclear if Boller will eventually need to have surgery, but nothing has been scheduled yet.
Familiar with Cameron’s system after playing for him last year with the Miami Dolphins during a 1-15 season, Bramlet completed 7 of 21 passes for 100 yards and two interceptions.
Among the players on the bubble of making the final major roster cut in two days that made a strong impression: linebackers Gary Stills (four tackles) and Jameel McClain (one sack) and rookie running back Allen Patrick (13 rushes for 30 yards, two receptions for 35 yards).
McClain is in the running for a roster spot, if not the practice squad, and Patrick may fit into the Ravens’ practice squad plans if he doesn’t claim one of the final roster spots. Stills could be a victim of a numbers game as the Ravens have several linebackers and acquired special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo during free agency.
Meanwhile, several players made their preseason debuts after nursing injuries throughout this month, including Williams and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Tight end Todd Heap made a limited appearance.
Offensive tackle Jared Gaither started at left tackle after returning this week from a right high-ankle sprain.
Gaither’s presence marked the first time the entire Ravens’ starting offensive line has played in a game together this year.
"It felt great being out there because it’s been so long since I’ve had live action in a game, over seven months," Gaither said. "It felt good to work the kinks out. It was important for our starting offensive line to go out there together and get some valuable time before next week’s opener.
"The ankle feels great. It felt great while I was playing and it feels great right now. It was a big step in my progress."
Gaither is the successor to All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who retired in June. The 6-foot-9, 330-pound former
Ngata played briefly in the first quarter, testing out his knee for the first time since spraining his right medial collateral ligament.
"My knee felt great, I was able to work some of that rust off," Ngata said. "I didn’t feel any little kinks. Next week, I’ll come back and be at full strength.
The Ravens’ defense was missing five starters, including Reed, cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle, nose guard Kelly Gregg and middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Of those players, only Lewis and Rolle were just being rested and aren’t question marks for the launch of the regular season.
"We need to get all of our starters back out there on the field, guys like Kelly Gregg and Ed Reed, all of those important pieces to our defense," Ngata said. "If we get everybody back healthy, we have a chance to do some great things this year."