Preseason games have become more and more meaningless. Players aren't playing as much and quite frankly, the Ravens should have won their first 2 games
But this was basically it in terms of "easy" games until maybe the 49ers and Jets games in December.
While injuries may make some games easier than others (Big Ben for example), they will still be tough games. We have 6 division games, KC, NE, LAR and Houston.
Its a tough road ahead. The good news is that the division is struggling right now, Lamar looks great and they are looking like a team that will be tough to handle.
My early season issues are the secondary communication, inconsistent Oline play and I didn't like that they were throwing it so much yesterday. I hope they don't try to force the idea that Lamar can throw and go away from the run. They need to run the ball and keep up with it. Lamar had several runs yesterday that were called pass plays.
I assume the secondary will stabilize, especially as Thomas learns and plays on the defense more and you get Smith back. I also assume Averett will get better as he plays more but he looks rough so far.
I also think the Oline will play better. This goes back to my preseason comment. Stanley and Yanda didn't really play in the preseason (Yanda didn't even practice a lot). He will get better (not saying he is playing bad, just that he will get better) and Stanley will as well. Skura kind of is who he is and Brown, despite some penalties yesterday, has seemingly played well. The LG is the issue but I think Bozeman has been serviceable so far and you figure he gets better with more time out there.
Team has to avoid injuries to some key guys (Yanda, Stanley, Humphrey stand out) but outside of that, I am looking forward to seeing how this team starts playing now that the schedule gets tough.