Defense helps with turnovers

Defense helps with turnovers
August 29, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Mellette leaves it all on the field to make Ravens

The pre-season finale against the St. Louis Rams really meant very little except to the guys fighting for a spot on the roster. But even though the Rams handed the Ravens a 24-21 defeat, Baltimore did get some good work from its defense -- especially on turnovers. 

The Ravens could've done more damage early as they forced two turnovers in the first part of the opening quarter. Omar Brown forced a fumble on the first drive, and Albert McClellan recovered at the Baltimore 46.

That gave the Ravens good field position, but they turned it right back over to the Rams. Then, first-round pick Matt Elam made a nice play, stripping Baltimore native Tavon Austin in the open field. Marc Anthony, another defensive back, scooped up the ball and raced 19 yards to the Rams 26-yard line. 

That set up Baltimore's first touchdown and stopped St. Louis from doing much damage early in the game. 

The bad news for the Ravens was they couldn't get any more turnovers. When the Ravens have been at their best over the years on defense, they've been great at forcing turnovers that often would lead to points on offense. They got seven points tonight, but the Rams came up with four turnovers and caused their own problems. 

Brown made a number of good plays like this last summer in pre-season, and Elam seems to find his way to the ball on a regular basis. Elam's likely going to make many plays like he did in this game during his career and should help the secondary in a big way.

The defense had problems stopping the Rams overall, though, as St. Louis racked up 395 yards of total offense and had the ball more than five minutes longer than the Ravens. If St. Louis hadn't gotten 17 penalties, the Rams could have done more damage.