NFL Preseason 2012: Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens' Week 2 Standouts

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIIAugust 18, 2012

Despite losing Friday's game against the Detroit Lions 27-12, the Baltimore Ravens can take several positives out of last night's performance. 

The night was highlighted by several poor performances, mainly that of the Ravens secondary. However, some individuals shined, and their solid games were noticeable.

Here are some Ravens whose performances on Friday night stood out.


Joe Flacco

Quarterback Joe Flacco's stat line wasn't overly impressive on Friday night, as he completed 7-of-12 passes for 79 yards and no touchdowns.

However, the stats don't fully display how well Flacco played in one-and-a-half quarters on the field.

Playing without injured wide receiver Torrey Smith, Flacco tried to integrate second-year receiver LaQuan Williams into the offense. Despite catching two passes for 22 yards, Williams had two drops.

In total Flacco had three intended targets drop passes.

The drops may just be the result of the receivers still getting re-acclimated with Flacco.

But regardless of the drops, Flacco had an impressive performance that should give Ravens fans confidence in him as the regular season looms.  


Omar Brown 

No Ravens player has made his case to make the final roster more than safety Omar Brown has over the last two games.

Brown proved again on Friday night that he has a knack for finding the ball when it's on the ground. After being a part of three turnovers in the first preseason game, Brown led two possession-changing plays in the fourth quarter against the Lions.

He first recovered a fumble at the goal line, preventing the Lions from extending their lead. Then, after the Ravens cut Detroit's lead to 20-12, Brown recovered an onside kick.

At this point, Brown has done everything he can to make the final roster of the Ravens.


Justin Tucker

While Justin Tucker may not have separated himself from Billy Cundiff in the kicking battle on Friday night, he certainly didn't lose any ground. 

Tucker and Cundiff each converted two field-goal attempts, but Tucker's kicks were more impressive. Tucker's field goals came from 50 yards and 45 yards, while Cundiff's field-goal conversions were from 33 and 44 yards.

Baltimore's kicking battle is still a close one, but right now it appears that Tucker has the edge.