PHILADELPHIA – After a long Saturday night, expect a long week of practice upcoming for the Ravens. They were badly outplayed in Philadelphia, losing 40-17 to the Eagles and suffering a number of injuries. Now 1-1 in the preseason, the Ravens trailed, 30-0, and know they have plenty to fix after this ego check. Here are five takeaways:
1. The Ravens’ offensive line has injury issues.
A patchwork offensive line contributed to this poor performance. Starting left tackle Eugene Monroe was sitting on the bench with his right hand and lower arm wrapped, according to Brent Harris of CSN. Backup tackle James Hurst left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. Backup offensive lineman De’Ondre Wesley had to be helped off the field, limping with a leg injury. Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele has missed some practices with an Achilles issue. And the Ravens have two starting offensive linemen returning from offseason surgery – center Jeremy Zuttah (hip) and right tackle Rick Wagner (foot). The Ravens believe the offensive line will be one of their strength. But it needs to get healthier before Week 1.
2. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had an unusually bad night.
Suggs was whistled for three penalties in the opening drive, although the Eagles declined two of them. His most costly and controversial penalty was a hit around the knee level of Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford after he had handed off. Suggs was called for roughing the passer, and it was part of a rough night for the Ravens’ starting defensive unit. The Eagles’ receivers were consistently open, and the Ravens’ starting front seven was gashed for two touchdown runs. Even in the preseason, the Ravens’ defense needs to be better than this.
3. Let’s not leave out special teams when listing problems.
Eagles running back Kenjon Barner returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was a good runback, but it was also bad coverage. That’s another thing the Ravens want to clean up prior to Week 1.
4. Far too many penalties for the Ravens, 17 for 149 yards.
This was a bad performance, and also a sloppy one. Ravens coach John Harbaugh will have plenty of ammunition when turning on this film.
5. The Ravens were so bad, hardly anyone stood out in a positive way.
Quarterback Joe Flacco threw poorly and was intercepted twice, and the offense wasn’t on the field consistently, making it hard to establish a rhythm. Running backs Justin Forsett and Terrence Magee ran well, third-string quarterback Bryn Renner was solid again, and rookie wide receivers Darren Waller and Daniel Brown had touchdown catches. However, the Ravens’ standouts were few.