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Saints vs. Ravens Final Score: Saints Lose 13-22 in Final Preseason Game

The New Orleans Saints lost their final preseason game to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 22-13 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Thursday night. The Saints reduced their number of penalties, but were patently poor on defense, allowing over 200 rushing yards to the Ravens and 436 total yards. Read below for a brief recap of the action and some observations.

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The Saints closed their 2014 preseason schedule by facing the Baltimore Ravens tonight in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. With most of the regulars sitting the game out including quarterback Drew Brees, New Orleans lost the game 22-13. Quarterback Luke McCown drove the Saints for an early touchdown drive in which he was 4 for 4 passing. Ryan Griffin then took over and was unable to get New Orleans into the endzone again. Here are a few observations from the action tonight:

The Good:

  • Less penalties: The Saints only had one penalty (a false start) for five yards. This is quite an improvement compared to the slew of fouls called against the team in the previous two games.
  • Tyrunn Walker: The Saints defensive end had a great night, deflecting numerous passes and recording four tackles in the game.
  • Derek Dimke: The young kicker, who is in a battle with incumbent Shayne Graham for the place-kicking job  made his two field goals, including a 49-yarder at the end of the first half. He originally missed from 54-yards out, but had a mulligan after a "running into the kicker" penalty on the Ravens. Dimke has a shot at making the roster.
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The Bad:

  • Brees-less Offense: Without its field general, the Saints offense could only score one touchdown and recorded a meager 190 total yards. A far cry from the usually lethal Saints offense.
  • Patrick Robinson: After being sidelined last season with a torn ACL and early this preseason, Robinson needed some reps and showed a significant amount of rust. He was repeatedly burned by Baltimore's second year receiver Kamar Aiken. Not a good sign for one who is trying to win the second starting cornerback job.
  • Ryan Griffin: I know not many will agree with me, but it simply seems to me that Griffin isn't ready to be a number two QB. He was 11 of 26 for 126 yards, and not every missed throw was the defense's fault. At times he also seemed to simply not want to stand tall and take a hit while delivering the ball. If Payton still had any doubt, I think Griffin just cemented McCown's place as the number two quarterback this season.
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The Ugly:

  • What Defense? The Saints allowed the Ravens to gain 436 yards in the game, with 214 yards rushing. These were mostly backups playing, yet the performance was largely putrid. Many of these guys will get cut and may not have helped themselves for a pickup by other teams.
  • Stay on the field: New Orleans was 0 for 7 on third down and lost the time of possession by a wide margin (17:21 of ball possession against 42:39 for the Ravens).
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The Saints now have until Saturday August 30 to get their roster down to 53 players.


TEAM LEADERS

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
K. Wenning 8 13 117 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
F. Toussaint 17 103 6.1 0
L. Taliaferro 25 88 3.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Aiken 4 57 14.2 0
M. Campanaro 3 55 18.3 0
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Griffin 11 21 126 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
T. Cadet 7 24 3.4 0
M. Ingram 1 8 8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Meachem 1 52 52 0
J. Morgan 4 33 8.2 0