Ravens vs Giants: Five Things Ravens Fans Should Watch
This is the key preseason game for fans to watch, as it's the one where the starters will see the most action and we can expect to see more play come together.
Here are five things for Ravens fans to watch on Saturday night.
Is The Offense Clicking?
The Ravens offense is expected to produce this year, as they may be the most complete offense the team has assembled in their history.
Ravens fans should watch to see the receivers and quarterback are on the same page. They should also watch for a running attack balanced with the passing game.
I also expect to see all three running backs involved on the first team.
Given the expectations, a good result out of this game would be to see significant points scored by the first team offense, which should play in to the second half of the game.
I expect to see Fabian Washington get some significant playing time against the Giants.
Fans should watch not only to see that he's moving well and appears to be fully healed, but also that he's knocked the rust off and is able to cover well.
A solid game out of Washington will go a long way to quell worries about the secondary.
Reports out of training camp were that Michael Oher was progressing well in the Left Tackle role. Given Gaither's injury, Oher is going to start at left Tackle this year.
In the first two preseason games, he looked a bit shaky in pass protection. Ravens fans should keep an eye on his performance Saturday night.
The Ravens need him to live up to his potential this year.
The Pass Rush
Given the questions about the Ravens secondary, the pass rush will be a key to winning football games.
Terrell Suggs has looked good so far. He came into camp in great shape and motivated to put last year's mediocre performance behind him.
Jared Johnson put on some weight to become more a true Defensive End, but still has the motor he needs.
Ravens fans should keep an eye on how well Terrance Cody performs as a pass rusher. We all saw what he can do against the run, let's look for how well he not only gets after the Quarterback, but how well he eats up blockers allowing Linebackers or Safeties through.
Phillips and Burgess have also looked good; fans should watch to see how well they continue to integrate into the defense.
The Run Defense
This team will have to rely on run defense to win games. Not only do they need to make teams one dimensional; they need to have a solid goal line defense to hold teams to field goals.
That will help take pressure off the secondary; the occasional big play is OK as long as they don't give up touchdowns.
Ravens fans should be pretty confident after the first two games, but need to see one more solid performance against an outstanding running team.
Another solid showing
If the Ravens come out with another solid performance against the Giants and all five of these things look good, then Ravens' fans can expect big things out of the team this year.