OK guys, I work nights. So I watched the game 'til midway through the 3rd quarter, then sped into work. Once there, I was bombarded by cackles from a bunch of Dallas fans (HA!, like they have ANY room to talk), and Ravens fans. Honestly, I got tired of explaining that it was JUST a preseason game. As is typical, most of the Dallas fans are out of touch with reality, and don't understand how a football season works, but here's my take that I gave them on the game.
Sure, you would've at least liked to see a score, or even some sort of rhythm on offense. But, you have to take it for what it is. With our best players being out, there were a few things I was looking for. And, for the most part, I was happy with what I saw. Now you can tell me if I'm right or wrong.
1) Would the O-line hold up?
I thought they did a pretty good job against Baltimore's first team defense/vaunted pass rush. Campbell had at least 2 passes where he had an actual poscket around him. The Randle El throw was a little low, but I thought he could've stayed up. Honestly, I don't know why ARE was even in there. The Hagans throw may have been a little high, but a starter would have pulled that in. Thomas and/or Kelly definitely would've gotten to it. Mainly, Campbell was working against a top 2 defense without his 2 best weapons. He only got 6 pass opportunities, so there;s not much to look at there. As far as production, I think ANY game where we're missing both Portis and Moss is a loss.
2) Will the young guys show up?
I really liked what I saw out of Kelly. That grab he made off a bad (tipped?) Collins throw was spectacular, and I thought he showed he's a viable option over the middle. Thomas at least got his hands on the ball, but I would've liked to see a downfield route from him. Davis looked good up until he showed he needs to learn how to keep the ball in his hands. On defense, Tryon showed me he doesn't belongin the NFL. He was responsible for more yards against than any other player. He couldn't stay with anyone, and his closing speed isn't enough to garner a roster spot. We'll see if he improves. Jarmon looked very good to me. He stayed in the backfield most of the time in there, and he definitely proved he belongs. I didn't see enough out of the rest of the guys to complete an opinion. Except for Hagans, who I think need to pack his bags.
3) I didn't mention Orakpo in there because he deserves his own spot. This guy is the real deal. Sure, he needs a little work on playing in space, but he showed what a force he is rushing the passer. If the refs had called half the holds on him, he would've had at least 3 sacks. Even my Ravens-fan buddy came up to me and said, first thing, that they were holding Orakpo all night. I actually liked it, because he played through it, didn't complain, and still got in the QB's face. This guy is the real deal, and when Haynesworth is plugged in there with him, it's gonna be scary. For the other teams.
OK, like I said, I didn't get to watch the whole game, listening to the 4th quarter in the car. But all the ribbing I got at work just got me revved up to temper things out a little bit. Would I have liked to win? Yes, just for bragging rights. But that's it, the outcome didn't matter. Sure it would've been nice to see a score from the (semi) 1st team but, like I said, I don't expect much success against a top 5 defense without Portis AND Moss anyway. But this is just my take, so let me know what I'm right or wrong about.