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Ravens Buck The Bucs, Dominate 44-16

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The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their preseason with a thorough 44-16 spanking of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Tonight the Baltimore Ravens returned to the football field for the first time since the Super Bowl back in February. Showing no signs of rust after an offseason which seemed to last an eternity, the Ravens put on a show: Blowing the doors off of Raymond James Stadium in a 44-16 showing of pure dominance.

Falling behind 6-0 early on, the Ravens finally got on the board with a 20-yard touchdown carry by Bernard Pierce which sparked the beginning of a scoring outburst which lasted the duration of the game. A couple touchdown passes by Tyrod Taylor combined with a rushing touchdown by Anthony Allen, a dominant defensive effort, and three field goals by the young Justin Tucker were the highlights of tonight's game.

One of the biggest storylines heading into tonight's game was how the players battling for a spot on the roster would perform. Following a strong showing throughout the ranks of Baltimore's reserves, John Harbaugh's job just got a lot harder as many young fringe players stepped up tonight (especially on defense). But as Mr.MaLoR said earlier, "[strong play and good competition] isn't exactly a bad problem to have."

Overall, it was good to see the Ravens back in action; especially in a blow-out of this proportion. The team will look to build off of their success as they head back to Baltimore to prepare for next week's game against the Atlanta Falcons. There's really not too much to criticize when the team performs like it did tonight.

Thanks for sticking with Baltimore Beat Down for tonight's game and we hope to see you back next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST.