Report card JETS 19, RAVENS 16 (OT)

November 03, 1997

Running backs

Bam Morris played well despite a fumble that set up a field goal for the Jets. He ran with power and authority, but still needs to run more north and south. -- B+

Quarterback

Vinny Testaverde had good numbers, but his fumbles cost the team field position and the interception thrown from his knees was a big blunder. He did play better as the conditions improved. -- C

Receivers

Tight end Eric Green was impressive despite an early concussion and wide receiver Derrick Alexander had five catches for 69 yards. Slot receiver Jermaine Lewis had 72 yards on four catches, but showed his inexperience on Testaverde's interception.-- C+

Offensive linemen

The unit helped pave the way for a lot of yards but guards Jeff Blackshear, Ben Cavil and Leo Goeas had some problems with the Jets' quick linebackers, and center Wally Williams let nose tackle Ernie Logan penetrate too much at times.-- C+

Defensive linemen

The group controlled the line of scrimmage for most of the game and shut down the Jets' running game. Tackles James Jones and Tony Siragusa were outstanding, but the unit didn't pressure quarterback Glenn Foley in overtime.-- B

Linebackers

Ray Lewis was exceptional against the run and Jamie Sharper (11 tackles) has made a dramatic improvement in the past three games. But it you want to beat this group, throw the ball, because they are weak in filling passing lanes.-- B-

Defensive backs

The rainy conditions kept this unit from getting beat early. With apologies to cornerbacks Eugene Daniel and DeRon Jenkins and safety Kim Herring, the rest of the unit didn't play well in the overtime.-- C-

Special teams

This was by far their worst performance. In the first half, they didn't give the Ravens any field position. The coverage teams were pathetic and there are no consistent performers beyond Bennie Thompson and Tony Vinson.-- D

Pub Date: 11/03/97

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