LaFleur also wanted to see his defense tackle better after missing 24 tackles in the preseason opener a week ago. He won’t have a final number this time until he goes through the film, but whether it was the starting defense trying to corral elusive Ravens QB Lamar Jackson or the reserves keeping Baltimore’s running game in check, LaFleur was not pleased.
The Ravens piled up 171 yards on the ground using a boatload of different running backs to produce six scoring drives, including four Justin Tucker field goals.
“I thought there were a lot of missed tackles out there,” LaFleur said. “It’s not good enough.
“We have to do a better job in practice, probably up the intensity level a little bit, really wrap up on the thud.”
The starting defense held Jackson and the Ravens’ top offensive unit to two field goals, with the help of a penalty that wiped out a scrambling TD run by Jackson.
DeShone Kizer started at quarterback for Rodgers and led one drive for a field goal after a couple of misfires on third and fourth down curtailed what looked like a promising opening possession.
Kizer finished 5-for-10 for 70 yards directing the No. 1 offense that played everyone except Rodgers and running back Aaron Jones (hamstring tightness), who also was held out as a precaution.
Rookie inside linebacker Curtis Bolton, who started in place of the injured Oren Burks, acquitted himself well with six total tackles, including one for loss and two on special teams.