QB Kyle Boller got the start versus the Patriots in Thursday night’s preseason game. He performed in the manner that was expected. Boller showed that he could make accurate throws, and he also revealed, once again, his penchant for making poor decisions and bad plays.

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He went 11-for-15, throwing for 102 yards. He tossed a pick and fumbled once. QB Troy Smith, who will probably start in the next preseason contest, also got some work. Smith hit 5-of-12 for 74 yards. Smith played uneven ball, making some fine passes while becoming erratic at times.

Career Stats

Over the course of five seasons, Boller has appeared in 53 games. He’s thrown 45 touchdowns and 44 interceptions. He’s hit 56.0-percent of his passes and earned a rating of 71.9. Additionally, Boller has rushed for two touchdowns and fumbled 13 times, losing six.

Last season as a rookie, Smith played in four contests, completing 40 of 76 (52.6-percent)throws. He tossed two touchdowns and no picks. His rating stands at 79.5. Smith rushed for one score and fumbled twice, losing one.

Low & Highlights

The Ravens also had trouble opening up holes for the rushing attack and rookie running back Ray Rice was unable to accelerate through holes that were open. The club had a tough time containing the Patriot ground game.

Some highlights for the Baltimore Ravens included their special teams play, which was dominant. Their defensive backups looked good, while their offense was well paced and operated smoothly.

The Ravens won 16-15 in a game in which New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady did not appear. For the Pats, running back Lamont Jordan, an eight-year vet who came from the Oakland Raiders gained 76 yards on 19 carries, scoring one touchdown. He averaged 3.9 YPC. The New England Patriots fumbled three times, losing two. The Baltimore Ravens fumble twice and lost two. Baltimore grabbed three picks and the Pats one.

What fans saw on Thursday was a typical preseason football game, with many players trying to win a spot on their team’s regular-season roster.

Paul mroczka
Sports Pundit member

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