I’m sure it’s not the kind of first half Brian Billick & Co. were looking for in tonight’s pre-season game vs. the Giants.
Baltimore trails at the half, 7-6.
Penalties, penalties and more penalties (for both teams) made it a long, uneven first 30 minutes.
Notes – from my untrained eyes:
> Jared Gaither whiffed more times than the Texas Rangers did today against Johan Santana. Gaither is only 2-games into what we all feel will be a promising NFL career, but tonight’s first half showed what we all know – WE NEED J.O.!
> Corey Ivy, nice guy and all…but, wow, he had a tough time in pass coverage after Samari Rolle went out early with an injury.
> Three good bursts from Mike Anderson – 37 yards on 3 carries…good stuff.
> Boller’s throwing motion looks different AGAIN this year. If I had a dollar for every time he’s tried to force a ball in between two defenders over the last 5 years, I could buy Ethan a new set of Mizuno irons. Same old, same old, I’m afraid.
> Throw the ball to Demetrius Williams! A lot. The guy is seemingly always open. And he can hold on to it, too.
> Think the Giants are sick to their stomachs right now? W.R. Michael Jennings – out for the year with a torn achilles. Will Demps dislocated his elbow. Steve Smith, who caught the TD pass from Eli Manning, is gone with a concussion. I’ll say it again…who cares what the final score is, as long as your team gets out unscathed. Rolle and Mark Clayton are out with ankle injuries for the Ravens, although X-rays were negative on both.
Alright, 2nd half under way. Talk to you in the morning…