BALTIMORE (AP) — Tyler Huntley ran for a 7-yard touchdown with 6:35 remaining, and the Baltimore Ravens extended their preseason winning streak to 18 games with a 17-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.
The Ravens haven’t lost in the preseason since 2015. They struggled to move the ball Saturday with quarterback Lamar Jackson held out, but New Orleans couldn’t overcome its six turnovers. Huntley, who took over for Trace McSorley at quarterback in the second half, capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive with the Ravens’ only touchdown of the game.READ MORE: Man Abducted From Home In Laurel, Forced To Withdraw Cash At ATMs, Then Dumped On Highway, Police Say
Jameis Winston threw for 96 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans, but he and Taysom Hill each threw an interception in some immediate growing pains for the Saints in the post-Drew Brees era. New Orleans also lost three fumbles.
Brees’ retirement left the New Orleans quarterback situation in a state of uncertainty. Hill started Saturday and played the first three series. Then Winston played the rest of the first half. Hill went 8 of 12 for 81 yards, and Winston was 7 of 12 for 96 yards.
Ian Book came on in the second half, and with the Saints at the Baltimore 35, his deep pass was intercepted by Shaun Wade at the 9 with 1:42 remaining.
Tony Jones scored on an 18-yard run in the second quarter to give the Saints a 7-3 lead. At that point, New Orleans was outgaining Baltimore 157-4 and the Ravens didn’t have a first down. McSorley finally guided Baltimore to a decent drive after that, but the Ravens didn’t reach the end zone until much later.
Jackson had only been practicing for a week after missing the start of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19. McSorley played the first half, and Huntley came on in the second.
The Ravens did manage three field goals in the first half : a 56-yarder by Justin Tucker and kicks of 42 and 53 yards by Jake Verity.
Huntley was 12 of 16 for 77 yards and also had 42 yards on six carries. McSorley was 11 of 18 for 86 yards with an interception.
Winston threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey in the second quarter to put the Saints up 14-6, but missed opportunities ultimately caught up with them. New Orleans lost two of its fumbles inside the Baltimore 20.
The Ravens also turned over the ball a couple times, including a fumble by Huntley at the New Orleans 15 in the fourth quarter.READ MORE: Two Injured In Baltimore County Shooting Wednesday
THOMAS WITH TEAM
Saints receiver Michael Thomas was at the game wearing a boot. Thomas is recovering from surgery in June for a high ankle sprain. Coach Sean Payton said on the eve of the first practice of training camp that it was disappointing to be without Thomas, and that the procedure should have happened earlier.
Ravens OL Bradley Bozeman went down with an ankle injury in the first half, and LB Kristian Welch had a shoulder stinger later. Saints DE Tanoh Kpassagnon appeared shaken up in the second quarter but was able to walk off the field easily.
Saints: host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Aug. 23.
Ravens: visit the Carolina Panthers next Saturday night.
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