Sloppy and uneven 1st half for the Ravens

August 20, 2007 | Drew Forrester

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…

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