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The third preseason game, which is often considered the dress rehearsal, was more of a disaster at times for the Baltimore Ravens in a 34-27 loss to Carolina on Thursday night. You can click here for my observations on the game. For what's happening around the division, here's the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes the Ravens failed Thursday night to build any sort of offensive momentum heading into the regular season. "There is no need to panic yet, because most offenses are behind the defenses at this time of year, and the Ravens have some proven commodities with [Joe] Flacco, running back Ray Rice, fullback Vonta Leach and receiver Torrey Smith," Preston wrote. "But you'd at least like to see more life in the offense, and so far there hasn't been much."
BENGALS: Taylor Mays is no lock to survive the final cutdown, and the final two preseason games could determine the safety's fate. "If they went with four [safeties], Mays could be on the bubble," wrote Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "Reggie Nelson, George Iloka and Shawn Williams figure to be locks with Mays and Jeromy Miles vying for a spot. Miles saw the second-most snaps on special teams during the regular season and was second in tackles."
STEELERS: Ben Roethlisberger is the oldest and most experienced quarterback on the Steelers for the first time since he entered the league in 2004. He is the player responsible for making sure the new quarterbacks -- Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones and John Parker Wilson -- know what they're doing. "It's definitely different," Roethlisberger told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I wish I knew the offense even better than I do, just because I feel I know my answers will be even more right. I do the best I can to talk with Todd, to know the answers, so I can help these guys because they come to me and ask. And even if they don't come and ask, even in practice, if I see something, I'll come up to them and say, 'Do this,' or 'I'm thinking do this.' It helps to have that growth in this offense."
BROWNS: Wide receiver Greg Little said he will act more responsibly after it was reported that he wrecked his car driving 127 mph, which was more than 70 mph over the legal speed limit. "It's obviously something that I've got to take very seriously and slow my speeds down and be cautious of others on the road," Little said, via The Plain Dealer. "I could have seriously put my life and other lives in danger." Little was cited in April for drag racing after he crashed his expensive, high-performance Audi into a guardrail, took out a light pole and left more than 40 yards of brake tracks, according to a police report. Little was not hurt in the crash, which records say took place at 2:47 a.m., but said he understands his behavior was unacceptable.
The third preseason game, which is often considered the dress rehearsal, was more of a disaster at times for the Baltimore Ravens in a 34-27 loss to Carolina on Thursday night.