Ravens vs. Buccaneers final score: Baltimore wins battle of early QB struggles

J. Meric

The Baltimore Ravens' defense is still extremely good, something Josh Freeman learned the hard way.

Joe Flacco and Josh Freeman find themselves in very different circumstances, but both quarterbacks would have liked to correct some of their early errors in Thursday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Ravens' defense didn't look like it missed a beat though, despite losing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, powering an easy 44-16 victory.

Freeman had his chance first, but the Buccaneers' opening drive was squandered due to a costly sack, leading to an early 3-and-out. While he settled, the first-team offense looked out of sorts for the limited time they were in the game, struggling with a still-potent Ravens' defense. Freeman left the game completing 4 of 7 passes, but throwing for just 34 yards.

Last year, Flacco was able to capitalize on the mistakes of others, something he hopes to replicate in 2013. He threw only 10 interceptions during the regular season, but was quick to cough up the ball against Tampa Bay. Flacco intended a sideline pass for Jacoby Jones, but was intercepted by Danny Gorrer. This was the worst of Flacco's play, however, as he finished 7-for-9 for 57 yards.

Mike Glennon got plenty of opportunities, and performed as you'd expect a third-round rookie to fair against a deep Ravens' defense. He played into the 4th quarter, allowing for the Buccaneers' coaching staff to evaluate him better. Glennon finished 11-for-23 for 169 yards with one interception. It doesn't appear Freeman's job will be pressured for a while yet.

Did they cover

Tampa Bay were favored by three points, so obviously they didn't come close to reaching that.

What's next?

Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. ET: Baltimore vs. Atlanta

Aug. 16, 8 p.m. ET: Tampa Bay vs. New England

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