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December 01, 1997

Running backs

It's a good thing the Ravens have veteran Earnest Byner, because he filled in capably in the second half. Neither rookie Jay Graham nor Bam Morris got involved in the offense.



Vinny Testaverde was playing well before he left with an injury, and his touchdown pass to Jermaine Lewis was a beauty. Backup Eric Zeier also had a good game, even though some of his receivers didn't. He delivered in the fourth quarter.



This was a group effort, as the Ravens dropped six passes, three by tight end Eric Green, two by Michael Jackson and one by Ryan Yarborough. Green and Jackson, however, redeemed themselves with big plays in the fourth quarter.


Offensive linemen

The Ravens' front line allowed four sacks, but some were not its fault as Zeier had problems with the snap cadence. Still, this was not one of the group's strongest efforts, especially in the third quarter, when the line needed to take charge of the game.


Defensive linemen

The front line shut down the Jaguars' running game, but it didn't get much pressure on quarterback Mark Brunell. End Michael McCrary played well against left tackle Tony Boselli.



They looked a little lost, especially when the Jaguars kept running screens. Rookie weak-side linebacker Jamie Sharper let too many blockers into his body and rookie strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware needs to control his temper.


Defensive backs

The group failed the test when it came to playing a prime-time quarterback with a passing offense. They better hope Warren Moon doesn't take his Geritol next week.


Special teams

Greg Montgomery had a couple of short punts and the Ravens allowed one kickoff to be returned 39 yards and another 24. But what else is new? The units have struggled most of the season's second half.


Pub Date: 12/01/97

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