New Orleans Saints 0-14-3-10 — 27
Baltimore Ravens 14-6-0-7 — 30
Who said preseason games weren’t exciting?
It was a bit of a mixed bag for Baltimore in the victory as the Ravens starters looked impressive on both sides of the ball while their second-string looked less-than-ready. The Saints, meanwhile, were battered by injuries in the game. It seemed every time the whistle blew a New Orleans player was on the ground.
The Ravens did not walk away from the game unscathed either. According to head coach John Harbaugh tight end Allen Reisner broke his ankle and was already undergoing surgery. Asa Jackson, who had been getting reps on the return team, and Steven Means also left the game with injuries.
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Bryn Renner Gave the Ravens the Late-Game Victory
The Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Bryn Renner cemented his team’s victory with a one-yard run into the end zone with just seconds left on the clock.
The Saints had taken the lead less than two minutes before when Marcus Murphy, found the end zone on a wide right sweep.
The play had been set up by a Terrence Frederick interception in Ravens territory.
Saints Rookie Damian Swann Intercepted Matt Schaub in the Third Quarter
Well, there it is.
Only minutes after making social media waves with a 45-yard touchdown bomb, Schaub seemingly lived up to his preseason reputation when he threw the first pick of the game midway through the third quarter. New Orleans rookie Damian Swann read the play well, taking advantage of a bad pass by Schaub that seemed to land just behind Ravens receiver Jeremy Butler.
Schaub has had problems with interceptions throughout camp and even drew the ire of teammate Terrell Suggs earlier this week when he called him out for the miscues during practice.
The Ravens Led 20-14 at Halftime
Despite some late-half moves by the Saints, Baltimore held on for a 20-14 lead at the break. The Ravens out-gained the Saints 228 to 188 and New Orleans racked up seven penalties in the first 30 minutes of play.
New Orleans, which didn’t post a first down until the second quarter, actually finished the half with eight while the Ravens doubled that up with 16 first downs. Keep in mind, Drew Brees didn’t play at all in this game so this is not the same Saints offense that will take the field in September.
New Orleans Capped Off a Second Quarter Two-Minute Drill With a Khiry Robinson TD
The Saints had their early-game issues on offense, New Orleans looked solid in the final two minutes of the first half, capping off a down-the-field drive with a 21-yard touchdown reception from Khiry Robinson. Third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin was 4-5 for 61 yds and that touchdown on the final drive.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was less than pleased at the Ravens second-team defense, who gave up a 90 yard drive in the waning minutes of the half.
Brandin Cooks Got the Saints on the Board in the Second Quarter
Sometimes the short pass is the best pass.
Brandin Cooks tip-toed and weaved his way through the Baltimore secondary to get New Orleans on the board with a 28-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. The play capped off a 10-play, 77-yard drive that, finally, showed a bit of offensive life for the black and gold.
The moment hurt Baltimore and not just on the scoreboard. Cornerback Asa Jackson, who had also been returning kickoffs and punts for the Ravens, injured his knee and was listed as questionable to return to the preseason game.
Michael Campanaro & Matt Schaub Connected for a 45-Yard TD
He was pretty open.
Ravens back-up quarterback Matt Schaub, who has struggled with interception issues throughout training camp, found Michael Campanaro wide open in the secondary, connecting on a 45-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. Check it out:
It was also third-and-long. The Baltimore twitter was pretty psyched:
The Saints secondary was hindered by injury early in the preseason matchup and corner Delvin Breaux left for the locker room shortly after the touchdown.
Lorenzo Taliaferro Scored the First Batimore TD of the Preseason
It was an efficient, 80-yard, 16-play drive for the Ravens to open their preseason schedule, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Taliaferro. The running back, who is competing for the backup spot behind Justin Forsett, barreled his way into the end zone, pushing through the Saints defensive line on fourth-and-goal.
The drive was good enough, and most importantly long enough, that the Ravens first string was finished after the opening series. Good game, boys.
Who’s Not Playing
According to NOLA. com, the Saint will keep the following players on the sideline for tonight’s preseason matchup:
Ronald Powell (linebacker); C.J. Spiller (running back); Sean Hickey (guard); Nick Becton (offensive tackle); Jalen Saunders (wide receiver) and P.J. Williams (safety). Safety Jairus Byrd is on the PUP list already while snapper Justin Drescher and outside linebacker Davis Tull are on the non-football injury list. Also, this:
Meanwhile, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec, the following Ravens won’t suit up: Chris Canty (defensive line), Timmy Jernigan (defensive tackle), DeAngelo Tyson (defensive end), Zach Thompson (defensive end), Robert Myers (guard), John Urschel (offensive line), Jimmy Smith (corner), Breshad Perriman (wide receiver), Marlon Brown (wide receiver).
It is, finally, football season. Or, at least, preseason. The Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints square off in each team’s preseason opener on Thursday night. Kickoff from M&T Bank Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Neither team will keep their starters in for more than one or two series but the preseason opener is a chance to see some of the top-tier rookies and young players battle it out for potential jobs in the lineup. For Baltimore that includes second round pick Maxx Williams, who boasts a serious NFL legacy, as well as a big-time battle on the special teams front. On the New Orleans side, there’s a kicker competition brewing and on-the-bubble running back Tim Hightower is already trying to save his roster spot.
The game will be broadcast locally in Baltimore on NBC 11 and on FOX 8 in New Orleans.