Ravens report

August 26, 2007|By DON MARKUS

Where's the offense?

The Ravens haven't delved deep into their playbook yet, but the offense has been pretty mediocre since the first drive against Philadelphia in preseason opener. The struggles continued in the first quarter last night with penalties (one illegal formation, four false starts), lack of production from new running back Willis McGahee (four carries for 12 yards) and quarterback Steve McNair either not looking for or not getting the ball to his wide receivers on anything more than short passes.

Defense improves

Things didn't start well for the Ravens' first-team defense, with Santana Moss burning Samari Rolle's replacement, David Pittman, for a 40-yard gain. But Redskins quarterback Todd Collins, playing for injured starter Jason Campbell, didn't do much after that. The Ravens shut down the Redskins on six third downs in the first half and held Washington to a pair of field goals by second-year kicker Shaun Suisham.

Boller's woes

On the first series of the second half, and Kyle Boller's first snap of the night, the much-maligned Ravens backup quarterback gave his many critics more fodder. His pass was deflected off the back of rookie tackle Jared Gaither and into the arms of linebacker Dallas Sartz, who ran 3 yards into the end zone for the touchdown.

That's all, folks

The Ravens were in the midst of putting together a decent drive on their next series, going from their 43-yard line to the Redskins' 29 on two runs by Musa Smith, when play was interrupted by the threat of dangerous weather with 11:38 to go in the third quarter. The game was called at 11:58 p.m.

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