Granted this is the preseason, but the victorious Ravens are 5-0 lifetime against the Dallas Cowboys. Members of the Ravens Broadcast Team Qadry Ismail and Pete Gilbert broke the game down after the game.
"The biggest thing I think taken away from this there's going to be a lot of evaluation on the personnel packages for the defense. I think going into this game, [defensive coordinator] Dean Pees wanted to see how fast this defense can play, how aggressive they can play. There was a lot of good, but there was a lot of corrections that are going to be made."
Spectacular was the 108-yard kickoff return to the house done by the charismatic wide receiver Deonte Thompson, who is hoping to scoot into an open spot on the final 53-man roster. Brent Harris interviewed Thompson after the game and asked when the return specialist knew he was going to take that one to the house.
"Man I've been preaching it all day. Torrey [Smith] and all of the guys, I've been telling them all. I said 'that first return I'm taking it back.' Soon as I came back to the left I saw the big opening, hit it, and had to get that ... it was a great moment, as soon as I passed the kicker, 'run, run, get to the end zone.'"
Thompson flashed his speed and seized the moment, a moment that could potentially land him a job this coming fall. The Ravens' special teams, according to Thompson, is another phase of the game that the team takes very seriously.
Ismail also added that big plays made by players on the bubble around this time of year builds trust with the coaches. Reliability: the fastest way to a coach's heart.
Courtney Upshaw also took back a botched handoff for a 30-yard scoop-and-score. The third-year pro was alert and burned the defense with a few great blocks thrown by his fellow teammates. Pernell McPhee, who made our news this week, added a sack to his resume starting from ... drumroll ... the defensive end position. Brandon Weeden was brought down for a loss of six yards.
Sophomore Brynden Trawick redeemed himself when he came over the top of Dwayne Harris and intercepted Weeden's pass, ending what could have been a touchdown-scoring drive.
C.J. Mosley led the team in tackles with four solo wrap ups and an assist. On that subject, Ismail and Gilbert emphasized that the defense needs to do a much-better job running through the ball carrier and not just making contact. The Ravens also must cure themselves of Fumblitis, as they've had four in the first two games of the preseason. Justin Forsett leads that category with two, Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Keith Wenning aren't too far behind with one.
Baltimore is 2-0 and have a week to rest (prepare) before their backyard brawl against the Washington Redskins next Saturday.