Taylor, Parmele help Ravens upend Chiefs 31-13
Saturday, August 20, 2011
BALTIMORE (AP) — The lopsided score suggests the Baltimore Ravens solved some of their glaring offensive issues after a lackluster start to the preseason.
After failing to notch a touchdown in their exhibition opener last week, the Ravens will gladly build on the welcome improvement.
Rookie backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, the first ending with Jalen Parmele’s go-ahead 10-yard TD run with 7:16 remaining, and the Ravens rallied for a 31-13 victory over the winless Chiefs.
“You work hard and you want to see your hard work pay off,” said running back Ray Rice, who ended Baltimore’s touchdown drought in its sixth preseason quarter. “It’s been one of them camps where you have to jam a whole offseason into training camp. To see the younger guys step up and do their thing, it’s amazing. We’re just looking forward to hitting the season in stride.”
Taylor later added a 5-yard TD run of his own, a dive to the right pylon that withstood a video review. He finished 5-for-11 for 88 yards.
Kansas City’s Tyler Palko completed 8-of-13 passes for 95 yards, but produced 10 points in his three drives — a tying 4-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Copper late in the second quarter and a 12-play march culminating in a tiebreaking 30-yard field goal by Ryan Succop with 6:58 left in the third quarter.
“We talked going into this game about doing some of the fundamental things a lot better across the board — offense, defense and special teams — and I thought we were able to do that a little better in more areas, which is a positive sign to me,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. “We obviously have a long way to go.”
The Ravens, who lost 13-6 on Aug. 11 at Philadelphia, played Flacco into the third quarter before Taylor took over. Flacco completed 12-of-24 passes for 124 yards.
Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel was 6-of-14 for 73 yards. But Kansas City, blanked 25-0 by Tampa Bay last Thursday, clicked on offense once Palko entered midway through the second quarter.
“We’re just trying to get better every day, and I think we took a step in the right direction offensively,” Palko said. “It’s baby steps. You need to get better every day.”
The teams traded first-quarter field goals for a tie at 3.
Kansas City got a break when the Ravens’ Lardarius Webb muffed a punt, with Jackie Battle recovering at the Baltimore 15-yard line. That set up Succop’s 31-yard field goal.
Flacco converted two third-down passes on the ensuing drive, which ended with a successful 49-yarder by Billy Cundiff.
Rice finally notched the Ravens’ first preseason touchdown with 3:10 remaining in the first half, busting through a gaping hole and cutting right for a 26-yard TD to cap a six-play, 81-yard drive.