If you were hoping to see any of Kelvin Hayden or James Sanders (as was I), well you're just going to have to wait. Neither is expected to play at all in tonight's game. As expected, Joe Hawley will start at center and Dominique Franks will start at CB in place of Dunta Robinson, who was unsurprisingly held out of this preseason finale. Kroy Biermann will also start in lieu of Abraham.
With no need to further risk Matt Ryan in a meaningless exhibition game, Chris Redman started the game at QB and promptly got to work, completing a pretty 25 yard pass over the middle to Julio Jones on the very first play from scrimmage. However, just as the Falcons began methodically chugging down the field on the back of Jason Snelling, Paul Kruger of the Ravens burst through the middle of the Falcons O-line and forced a Chris Redman fumble that was later recovered by Baltimore.
Tyrod Taylor then took over the Ravens offense. After producing a first down with his legs, Taylor was then brutally sacked by Biermann coming off the edge. I mean, it really was a thing of beauty. On only a couple of plays later, Taylor was then picked off by (guess who?) none other than Brent Grimes, his third of the preseason. With that, the Falcons have the ball back and it's still tied at zero.