The Baltimore Ravens played inconsistent football this preseason. There was a lot of good and a lot of bad. The defense has started to come together. After an impressive outing last night; the Ravens can feel confidence once again in their defense. The offense just could not seem to keep the light switch on.
The inconsistencies come offensively as any long time Ravens fan is surely used to. The Ravens must look for development of consistent strong play from the offense moving forward.
Coming into camp the Ravens had a lot of uncertainty at the wide receiver position. Tandon Doss at one time was the presumed favorite to earn the number 3 wide receiver role. Now after blown opportunities Doss may not even make the team.
The Ravens brought in veteran and former Raven Brandon Stokley. This is a big help for the offense. Young unheralded receivers like Aaron Mellette and Marlon Brown have stepped up into the mix. The Ravens receivers are still largely unknown quantities.
The Ravens had adversity come early when star tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a hip injury that will sideline him for all of 2013. The Ravens signed two veteran tight ends in Visanthe Shiancoe and Dallas Clark. Shiancoe struggled in the first two games with 5 dropped passes. He played very well in the third preseason game against the Panthers.
The offense was vanilla and lethargic in the first two preseason games. They played patty cake football not wanting to show Denver anything for week 1.
In the third game they played better but struggled to maintain the elevated play. They started with a beautiful and explosively efficient first drive. Once Marshall Yanda left the game the offensive line crumbled and drives were killed by turnovers, sacks and penalties.
In hind sight it is not surprising that the Ravens struggled with consistent execution. The offense barely went through the motions the past two weeks.
Players were still finding a rhythm. It may have been the dress rehearsal for the season opener but the Ravens could not just turn on the light switch like that. It takes time for it to come together, especially when you play uninspired football the two weeks prior.