By Catholic Review Staff
That’s what the preseason is for.
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens made a bundle of offensive and special teams mistakes they can’t afford during the regular season Aug. 22, when they lost 34-27 to the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium.
Quarterback Joe Flacco drove the Ravens 69 yards to a touchdown on their opening possession, but the Panthers, who scored the next 24 points, countered with a pair of touchdowns on interception returns, another on a punt return and yet another on a fumble recovery.
The good news, the Ravens’ defense did not allow a touchdown. The better news, it all came in a preseason game.
The NFL season will open for real Sept. 5, when the Ravens open defense of their world championship in a Thursday night game at Denver. Their home opener is Sept. 15, against the Cleveland Browns.
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