Baltimore Ravens: 4 Up, 4 Down Before Preseason Week 3

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Baltimore Ravens: 4 Up, 4 Down Before Preseason Week 3
Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
John Harbaugh will see a lot Thursday night against Jacksonville

Thursday, Aug 23 means the all-important third preseason game is here for the Baltimore Ravens.

The 2012 preseason has been huge for the Ravens, who came into the year with a lot of question marks despite making it to the AFC Championship game a year ago.

Results have been mixed for the men in purple, as their offense has been outplayed by Matt Ryan and the Falcons as well as Matthew Stafford and the Lions.

The defense also has some issues. Getting to the passer has been difficult as there is a lot of uncertainty at linebacker in Dean Pees' 3-4 scheme.

Furthermore, kickoff and punt coverage teams have been poor, raising questions about head coach John Harbaugh and special teams coach Jerry Rosburg's effectiveness in handling the special teams despite their strong backgrounds in that area.

Joe Flacco is the primary bright spot, with his strong arm looking stronger and his confidence at an all-time high.

This is what preseason is for, working out the kinks and testing your players to answer the big questions about your team.

Some have responded well to these tests, and are firmly on the up, while others find themselves in or close to Coach Harbaugh's doghouse, and are headed down on the totem pole.

Though this is a historically friendly and non-career threatening doghouse, read on for who the coaches love, who may be finding residence in the doghouse and if anyone is close to a the fate of former cornerback Chris McAlister, who only appeared in six games during Coach Harbaugh's first year on the job.

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