When playing the Baltimore Ravens, points are typically at a premium.
The Ravens defense was the NFL's third-ranked unit in 2011, giving up just 16.6 points per game. Well, Friday in Baltimore, it gave up a little more than that to the Detroit Lions in a 27-12 loss.
As expected, the starters didn't play all that much. It's the preseason. But Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson put on an impressive display.
Stafford finished 17-for-21 en route to racking up 184 yards and two touchdowns. For those counting at home, he completed 70 percent of his attempts, one of which was a 24-yard touchdown bomb to second-year receiver Titus Young. Stafford hooked up with Johnson -- who reeled in a touchdown, five catches and 111 yards -- for an 18-yard score.
Detroit's rushing attack was surprisingly good. Stephfon Green had six carries and 92 yards (76-yard touchdown), while Joique Bell had five carries and 35 yards. Overall, the Lions averaged just over six per carry on the night.
The ground game could get there, with or without Jahvid Best, it seems. Of course, Mikel Leshoure was out nursing a hamstring.
Moore does well...
I like Kellen Moore. I have no problem admitting that I like him, either. However, he doesn't get a lot of respect from the naysayers. Moore went 10-for-15 (96 yards). He wasn't spectacular, but he was accurate.
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