Note to the Baltimore Ravens organization: Allow the first-teamers to stay home; do not make the trip to Atlanta.
Well, that memo was sent too late. The Ravens starters are in the “Dirty South” to at least support the newly acquired teammates and rookies as they compete against the Falcons on Thursday night.
However, the picture is clear—the Ravens starters should not play a down, especially since they have an important game in Week One against the AFC defending champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Ravens coaching staff should not be caught up in the impressive performance by the Steelers in their outing against the Falcons last Saturday, in attempt to match the black and yellow output by playing their starters. The Ravens were pushed around by the Washington Redskins offensive line as the burgundy and gold successfully ran on Charm City’s finest in the first half of their victorious matchup last Thursday in Baltimore, 34-31.
Therefore, the temptation of bouncing back against a team that their rivals handle with ease could be understood—but do not get caught up.
The Ravens (2-1) did not have many "wow" moments during this preseason, which is fine because for the most part, they know what is expected of them and they know how to win.
However, Ravens fans are not exactly jumping for joy about their hometown team, despite witnessing the progression of quarterback Joe Flacco—who has shown signs of becoming a better leader.
Baltimore fans have concerns about the offensive line, the running game, applying pressure on quarterbacks and security at the backup quarterback position if Flacco goes down. However, Ravens fans should not worry about Flacco because he is durable and tough as nails.
Therefore, the other concerns for Charm City fans are legitimate, especially with the pressure of facing the Steelers in Week One.
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