Ravens Start Slow, Trail 17-7: 2nd Half Open Thread

Aug 9, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks around before a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The Baltimore Ravens seemed to start their first pre-season game slow and gave up a textbook offensive drive on the Atlanta Falcons first possession and then settled down by the time the first-stringers left the game early in the second quarter and trail at halftime 17-7. Ravens QB Joe Flacco drove the team downfield once they got under control, finishing the drive with a 9-yard TD pass to TE Ed Dickson. Joe finished his stint 9-12 for 88 yards and that one TD pass.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan was more impressive, leading his team and finding open receivers deep int the Ravens zone, hitting on 9-13 for 155 yards and one TD, but was picked off by Ravens ILB Brendon Ayanbadejo deep in Baltimore Territory.

Look for some of the reserves to give themselves a better opportunity with a strong showing inthe second half. Don't focus on the score, but instead watch individual performances that will begin to shape the last few spots open on the Ravens roster.

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