In the time of year that demands conditional criticism and praise, the Ravens have the ultimate benefit of the doubt — a Lombardi Trophy.
But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason for concern.
The Ravens managed just 131 yards and three first downs in the first half, and that included a 77-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith. They didn’t run the ball well against a Falcons defense which wasn’t supposed to be stout, and Flacco also threw an interception that turned into easy points. They also surrendered 20 points in the half to the Falcons, but a lot of people are going to do that this year.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told WBAL (via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun) at halftime: “That’s about as bad as we can play.”
While that might be a little much, they do have some issues on offense. In addition to looking for a reliable second receiver, they’re also holding a competition for a starting center, with A.Q. Shipley opening the game tonight (as opposed to Gino Gradkowski). Coupled with all their tight ends being hurt, they have a lot of questions to answer, and two more weeks of preseason to answer them.