Before I go to the main part of my post, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I lived in Maryland for 18 years. I watched Super Bowl XXXV with my high school youth group. I remain a Ravens fan despite having moved to Pennsylvania six years ago.
Now for the main part. Since I live in the Keystone State, I rarely get to watch Ravens games. That being said, I can honestly tell you that getting the chance to watch my team play the not-so-toothless Lions was a real treat for me. Here are the things I noticed about the Ravens that game:
1. Would you like some sugar with that huddle?
The sugar-huddle offense worked wonders with the starters. It's a pity that we couldn't get into the end zone, but there's still time for improvement. It's also a sign that Joe Flacco (G.I. Joe) is taking command of the offense.
2. Will opposing defenses be Pierced much this season?
I don't care if the statistics say he got only a yard. The rookie made a strong case for himself to be the backup for Ray Rice.
3. Is A-Jax the next J-Lew?
Anybody remember Jermaine Lewis? I think I saw him in Asa Jackson on Friday night. A-Jax made a good bid for a Special Teams spot when ran a punt return for a touchdown (which, unfortunately, was called back due to a penalty). He'll have to watch the sideline, though, as he stepped out of bounds during his first return, which was also called back due to a penalty.
4. Can we please, please, PLEASE stop making mistakes during major plays?!
Need I say more? Penalties killed us.
5. Our Tenacious D is still adjusting to the concept of a season without Sizzle.
Even the greatest players make mistakes. T-Sizzle is no exception. I hope he returns this season. In the meantime, our defense showed that it needs a little work, especially in the Secondary.
Preseason games aren't about winning. They're about seeing who's in and who's out. The Ravens will be in good shape by the time the season starts. I'll be rooting for them all the way. Starting now. GO RAVENS!!!