The Baltimore Ravens advanced to a 3-0 preseason record Saturday night after easily beating the New York Giants, 24-10, at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens’ starters looked sharp and aggressive, beating down the Giants’ starters, 17-0, before halftime. They rolled up 388 total yards to New York’s 261. Here’s more on how the game played out:

The win was in the Ravens’ clutch when…
Reserve quarterback Troy Smith put the final nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Smith to put Baltimore up, 24-3. But the Ravens’ had already won the starter’s battle early in the second quarter as Joe Flacco connected on two touchdowns passes to Anquan Boldin and Todd Heap. Baltimore’s first string offensive unit may have outshined every other unit in the game.

Outstanding Player(s) of the Game:
Third-year veteran Joe Flacco led the game with 229 passing yards and two touchdowns in just more than two quarters of play. He looked comfortable passing from the pocket and had great rhythm and timing with his receivers. Flacco hit Heap for six passes, 69 yards and a touchdown, while Boldin caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

More Game Notes:

Baltimore’s offensive line played well, considering they’re missing two potential starters due to injury. While offensive tackles Jared Gaither and O’Neil Cousins are both sidelined with injuries, starting cornerback Fabian Washington played in his first game since tearing his ACL last season.

Washington made his cuts and turns well and contributed with a few tackles.

Unfortunately, newly acquired speed receiver Donte’ Stallworth suffered a broken foot and will be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

Next Up…

The Ravens will close out their 2010 preseason campaign on Thursday, Sept. 2, with a trip to St. Louis to take on rookie first round draft pick quarterback Sam Bradford and the Rams.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor