Looking back at the Ravens 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in their preseason opener Thursday night in the Georgia Dome:
There were some good things and some not-so-good things, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
The Ravens first-team offense, defense and special teams had a rough night, falling two touchdowns behind in the first 16 minutes.
But the reserves badly outplayed their Atlanta counterparts, rallying with 24 unanswered points in the second half.
Since it was the preseason opener, none of what transpired really mattered unless you were a fringe player trying to make the roster.
Performances: The Good
Omar Brown The undrafted rookie safety from Marshall performed a nifty Ed Reed impersonation in his pro debut, falling on two fumbles and grabbing an interception.
Curtis Painter The No. 3 quarterback tossed three touchdown passes, including one to rookie Deonte Thompson in which he stood in against a blitz, knowing he would take a brutal hit after he released the ball. Very solid stuff.
Performances: The Not So Good
The starting offensive line The Ravens started two rookies, Gino Gradkowski at center and Kelechi Osemele at right tackle, against an active and veteran defensive front. It was not pretty. Gradkowski confirmed that communication problems led to a sack of Joe Flacco,.
Cary Williams No one in the first-team secondary had a good night, as Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan tore the unit apart, throwing for 155 yards and two touchdowns in 16 minutes. But he picked in particular on Williams, who will need to play better to keep Jimmy Smith from taking his starting job.
Weve practiced better than we showed early, defensive coordinator Dean pees on his unit.
Facts and opinions
Opinion: The replacement officiating was an embarrassment, as was the case in other games around the league. Hearing the lead referee call them the Arizona Falcons, that said it all. Hopefully the league now knows that its regular refs do have some leverage in their labor dispute.
Fact: Fourteen Ravens caught passes, and seven carried the ball on rushes.
Opinion: Brendon Ayanbadejo is going to have a role on this defense. The veteran has looked good in training camp and made a nice play with an interception Thursday to go along with four unassisted tackles.
Opinion: There really isnt room for him on the roster, but undrafted rookie receiver Deonte Thompson has been making plays since OTAs and continued Thursday night. Another night like this and the Ravens will find a way to keep him.
Fact: Aside from leading the Ravens in yards from scrimmage, rookie running back Bobby Rainey returned one kickoff for 26 yards and six punts for 50 yards. All told, he generated 140 total yards.
Opinion: It could develop that rookie kicker Justin Tucker does nothing wrong in the preseason the kid is talented -- and the Ravens just have to go with their gut on whether to go with a veteran or rookie kicker. Tough call.