Going into the second preseason game Friday night vs. the Detroit Lions, the Ravens likely will be keyed up to make a big impression.
The same goes for the Lions as neither team's first unit appeared in sync in their openers last week.
In a come-from-behind 31-17 win at the Atlanta Falcons, the Ravens fell behind 17-7 at the half. The Lions' first-team offense failed to register a point in a 19-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Both teams are determined to get off to a better start. After two fights broke out at the Ravens' training camp earlier this week, all signs point to a team that's eager to hit someone in another jersey:
Key matchup: The Lions already have established they can throw the with a 5,000-yard passing quarterback Matthew Stafford, but their backfield is in disarray. They won't have Jahvid Best, who might be forced to retire because of concussions. Their No. 1 back hasn't played since October and will miss at least the first six games of the regular season. The Ravens' vaunted defense instead will face the likes of the unproven Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams, Joique Bell and Stefan Logan.
Musical chairs: Where will Bryant McKinnie end up? The starting left tackle last season has been listed No. 1 at the position on the depth chart all week but practiced with the second team Wednesday. Harbaugh hinted that he's still experimenting with different lineups. Michael Oher, usually the right tackle, practiced with the first team there while rookie Kelechi Osemele occupied Oher's former spot.
In this corner: Jimmy Smith, who injured is back earlier in the month and has yet to play in the preseason, is expected to see his first action at cornerback. Just how good and deep is this secondary that already has Ed Reed, Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson, Cary Williams and Christian Thompson? Lions receiver Calvin Johnson led the NFL with more than 1,600 yards last season. He'll certainly test it.
Who's No. 3?: Without Ed Dickson (right shoulder sprain) or Dennis Pitta (broken right hand), rookies Matt Balasavage and Bruce Figgins, Davon Drew and Billy Bajema have a chance to solidify a roster spot. Bajema, 30, is by far the most experienced.
Prediction: Ravens 28, Lions 10