The Baltimore Ravens opened up the preseason with a 44-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the most part, there were many positive takeaways for the defending Super Bowl Champions. Joe Flacco looked like himself after being named Super Bowl MVP and signing a mega-contract. Meanwhile the first team defense looked bigger, faster and stronger compared to a year ago.
However, with the good comes the bad. The Ravens’ wide receivers looked young and inexperienced, with the exception of Torrey Smith. And while the Ravens were able to avoid any serious injuries, WR Deonte Thompson and RB Bernard Pierce were both banged up.
The Ravens will look to build off last week's win, as the Atlanta Falcons come to M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night. But first, lets take a look back at the five biggest takeaways from the Ravens’ preseason opener.