Baltimore Ravens: Players Who Struggled Against the Detroit Lions

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIIAugust 18, 2012

Friday night's 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions was a forgettable game for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens failed to reach the end zone in a game dominated by the Lions.

The starting offense seemed to click, but once the starters left, the offense looked lost. As for the defense, it was a 60-minute struggle.

The secondary as a whole did not prepare well for the game and the Lions took advantage of it. Overall, there weren't many bright spots for the Ravens in Friday's game. 

Here are some Ravens players who noticeably struggled against Detroit:


Tyrod Taylor

Any talk of Tyrod Taylor having the potential to be a starting quarterback in the NFL is just ludicrous. Taylor looks good at times, but generally he looks lost as the team's quarterback. 

On Friday night, Taylor definitely looked lost. The second-year quarterback from Virginia Tech showed almost no poise in the pocket, as he looked to run with the ball after one read or when he was pressured. 

When Taylor did decide to stay back and throw the ball, he looked very unimpressive. He completed eight of 22 passes for just 65 yards in about two quarters of play.

Taylor was very inaccurate at times, and if Joe Flacco were to ever get hurt, the Ravens offense would take a big step back with Taylor as the team's quarterback.


Jimmy Smith

It appears that second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith is still experiencing some growing pains in the NFL. Earning a start last night, Smith looked very unimpressive.

Smith, as well as Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb, dealt with the task of defending Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Covering Johnson is no easy task, but Smith made it look harder than it should be.

On one play, Lions quarterback Matt Stafford completed an 18-yard pass to Johnson for a touchdown. On that play, Smith was covering Johnson and failed miserably. Stafford threw a back-shoulder throw, and the ball was already in Johnson's hands before Smith even turned around. 


Anthony Allen

After an unimpressive performance in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, second-year running back Anthony Allen didn't get any better.

In fact, his performance on Friday night may have been worse, as he dropped a pass and had minus-two rushing yards on one attempt. 

Right now, Allen is walking on thin ice. Rookies Bernard Pierce and Bobby Rainey have impressed so far in camp, which means Allen is battling with Damien Berry for the fourth running back job, which may lead to a spot on the practice squad.