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5 Winners and 5 Losers of Ravens vs. Lions

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NFL: Preseason-Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens are 3-0 in the preseason. They have won their 50th preseason game in franchise history. But the Baltimore Ravens lost more than they gained.

Benjamin Watson - The tight end tore his Achilles on the first play of the game. To make matters worse, he’s turning 36 in December. It’s tough to see his future as a football player.

Kenneth Dixon - The rookie running back sustained an MCL sprain on a goal line tackle. It’s tough to know just how bad the injury is without an MRI, which undoubtedly will be scheduled soon.

Chris Matthews - After finally coming back healthy this game seemed to be his shot at taking over a roster spot; unfortunately, Jeremy Butler denied that possibility with a big touchdown catch, and a second one taken back from a holding penalty. Even with his skillset I don’t see him staying with the Ravens on the final 53.

Stephen Houston - The tailback didn’t have a shot at a roster spot, but this could keep him from other rosters after an ugly fumble

Shareece Wright - I’m telling myself time and time again, ‘It’s just preseason,’ but his lack of coverage ability is worrying me. Ravens can’t do another season with corners that can’t cover.

Though the losses were heavy, the Ravens do have some winners for tonight.

Javorius Allen - A strangely fringe roster player due to the overloaded backfield. He in my books was the 54th man, one shy. With Ben Watson’s spot opening up and Kenneth Dixon’s injury, ‘Buck’ will be returning to the Ravens.

Anthony Levine Sr. - His second pick in two games, the hybrid is showing time and time again he’s not only just some roster guy, but a playmaker. Good news, that’s what Head Coach John Harbaugh is looking for. Harbaugh said he’s not just looking for potential, but also the results. The turnovers and playmaking ability. Levine also had a sack, which proves even more that he’ll be a Baltimore Raven come Week 1.

Matthew Judon - A turkey for the rookie! Three sacks in three games, Judon is going to be a pass rush specialist that could help bring the heat this season. He also stripped the QB on that play, which is something important. It’s not just about tackling, but causing turnovers.

Jeremy Butler - The big wide receiver is undoubtedly somebody who’s earned a roster spot. With big catches in back-to-back games he’s another playmaker that Harbaugh has to be looking for. WIth Butler it isn’t just the potential with his size & speed, but he’s making the plays when called upon.

Offensive line- The Ravens went for it on multiple fourth downs and goalline drills. They helped to succeed each time by pushing the pile and getting both Ryan Mallett and Josh Johnson into the endzone on QB Keepers. They also provided big gaps for multiple runners to slash the defense on the ground. Not only did this happen from the starters, but depth players too. Vladimir Ducasse, Ryan Jensen, De’Ondre Wesley,. . . These men all helped to push blockers away from the tailbacks. Also, Ronnie Stanley held his own against a very tough defensive end, Ziggy Ansah. The young buck is looking better each day.