Report card

September 15, 1997

Running backs

Rookie Jay Graham wasn't much of a factor, and the Giants outfoxed the Ravens' offensive line. Veteran Earnest Byner was huge down the stretch. -- C

Quarterback

Vinny Testaverde delivered in crunch time and played despite pain in the thumb on his throwing hand. But he still needs to run instead of trying to force passes under pressure, and throw out of bounds when he is forced out of the pocket.-- C

Receivers

Tight end Eric Green was a major force, along with receivers Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander. By the way, Jackson is right. The Giants don't have a cornerback who can stop the Ravens' receivers. -- A-

Offensive line

The Ravens had trouble with blitzes, especially in the third quarter when the Giants started to take control. The group can be blamed for the lack of a running game as well. -- C-

Defensive line

The Ravens didn't get a solid job from this group. The Giants did a nice job of scraping off and attacking the Ravens' linebackers. The Giants ran almost anywhere they pleased. -- C-

Linebackers

Ray Lewis' 14 tackles and seven assists are misleading because the Giants averaged almost 3.3 yards a rush. Lewis also wasn't solid on pass defense. Rookie Peter Boulware gave a good effort, but was frustrated with the Giants' three step drop on pass plays. Rookie Jamie Sharper got hooked on several outside runs. -- C

Secondary

Cornerback Donny Brady played the run well, but with the exception of Antonio Langham, all the corners had trouble covering the pass. Safety Stevon Moore missed several tackles. -- D

Special teams

The Ravens miss returner Jermaine Lewis and have no breakaway threat. Greg Montgomery averaged 45.8 yards per punt, but Matt Stover had some short kickoffs. -- C

Pub Date: 9/15/97

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