Report card

November 25, 1996

Running backs

Bam Morris did most of the damage with some tough yardage inside. Overall, though, the backs played a small part in the game's outcome except for Earnest Byner's fumble at the end.

C-

Quarterback

Vinny Testaverde had impressive numbers, but his decision-making inside the red zone in the first half was suspect.

C

Receivers

This was the team's most productive unit, as Michael Jackson had nine catches for 150 yards and Brian Kinchen nine for 71. The low points: Derrick Alexander dropped a pass at the Jaguars' 1 and Floyd Turner failed to get out of bounds to stop the clock in the second quarter.

B

Offensive line

This unit gave Testaverde time to throw but didn't open many holes for the running backs. Also, tackles Tony Jones and Orlando Brown allowed a little too much outside pressure.

C

Defensive line

The Ravens were successful when they had a pass rush in the first half, but got pushed around in the second half when Mark Brunell had time to throw.

C-

Linebackers

Mike Croel has been outstanding the past three weeks and finished with six tackles. Mike Caldwell continues to be solid, but Ray Lewis was inconsistent and has a tendency to over-pursue runners.

C-

Secondary

This group is improving, and a pass rush in the second half would have helped. Cornerback Donny Brady gave up several big plays and the team waited too long to replace him with rookie Dorian Brew. Strong safety Stevon Moore was not a factor because of a hip pointer.

C-

Special teams

Kicker Matt Stover hit the ball well, converting four of five field-goal attempts. Jermaine Lewis had a 44-yard kickoff return to open the second half. But the kickoff-return team had trouble, allowing 20.4 yards per return.

C

Pub Date: 11/25/96

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