There was a bit of caution in
Eight days after a mediocre showing in the preseason opener against the
"We're just trying to play good football," Yanda said. "We're worried about the sacks, but right now, it's not a sack battle. It's more about guys getting better and trying to get the offense rolling. I thought we did better things tonight. I thought we looked a little sharper. I think we still need to finish in the red zone, but we looked better. So we took a step forward."
For the second straight game, the Ravens started
That lineup appeared to work well. Behind that grouping, quarterback
It was quite a departure from the 31-17 victory over the Falcons on Aug. 9. That night, Flacco was sacked once each by defensive end
Birk said the offensive line felt more at ease with the blocking schemes after wrapping up training camp Wednesday, but the unit wasn't entirely sure until it played Friday night.
"There is no substituting game experience," Birk said. "You can practice a lot — and we're lucky to go against a great defense every day — but game situations are paramount. That's where you get all the situations and all the ebbs and flows. You can't substitute that, and you can't replicate it in practice. It's so important to get these games and have everybody get those reps as an entire offensive unit, obviously, so we can all get it turned up for the regular season."
The offensive line held up well against a Detroit defensive front headlined by Pro Bowl tackle
Before the game, Ravens coach
"This front line is so physical," Harbaugh said. "They are so deep, they are so talented, and really, their whole football team is when you look at them. They are just a real physical, talented football team. It's going to be a big challenge for us. I'm pretty sure, knowing that team's personality, they are going to try to come in here and make a statement, even though it's a preseason [game]."
To be fair, however, there is still room for improvement. Oher was flagged for holding on second-and-goal from Detroit's 7-yard line that contributed to the Ravens relying on
With the starters expected to play just one more game in the preseason before the regular-season opener against the
"We're definitely starting to come together," he said. "We're still learning and guys are still getting used to things. We're getting better every day."