Five things we learned from the Ravens’ 13-9 win over the Bills

1) It’s amazing how quickly this has become a “broken record” team.

It struck me as I was starting to think about what to write midway through the third quarter: three games into the preseason, there’s almost nothing new to say about the 2017 Ravens.

We came into the preseason expecting to see a deep, potentially overwhelming defense. If anything, that defense has been better than expected.

We came in expecting to see a disorganized offense, lacking in home-run playmakers. If anything, that offense has been more anemic than feared.

We’re not going to see the starters again until Week 1 in Cincinnati, and absolutely nothing has changed about this team’s big picture.

You can choose to be excited, given that the offense should receive an eventual boost with the return of Joe Flacco. Or you can choose to be bummed out, given the rut the team has lived in for two years.

But I’m not sure we’ve “learned” much of anything the past three weeks.

2) The running game simply hasn’t been good enough.

Terrance West and Buck Allen combined for 28 yards on 11 carries in the first half, roughly in line with what we’ve seen throughout the preseason. If their production doesn’t improve substantially in the real games, this offense will be in trouble.

1) It’s amazing how quickly this has become a “broken record” team.

It struck me as I was starting to think about what to write midway through the third quarter: three games into the preseason, there’s almost nothing new to say about the 2017 Ravens.

We came into the preseason expecting to see a deep, potentially overwhelming defense. If anything, that defense has been better than expected.

We came in expecting to see a disorganized offense, lacking in home-run playmakers. If anything, that offense has been more anemic than feared.

We’re not going to see the starters again until Week 1 in Cincinnati, and absolutely nothing has changed about this team’s big picture.

You can choose to be excited, given that the offense should receive an eventual boost with the return of Joe Flacco. Or you can choose to be bummed out, given the rut the team has lived in for two years.

But I’m not sure we’ve “learned” much of anything the past three weeks.

2) The running game simply hasn’t been good enough.

Terrance West and Buck Allen combined for 28 yards on 11 carries in the first half, roughly in line with what we’ve seen throughout the preseason. If their production doesn’t improve substantially in the real games, this offense will be in trouble.

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