Report card

December 08, 1997

Running backs

Despite his brushes with the law, running back Bam Morris still runs hard and showed some acceleration a few times yesterday. He complemented the passing game extremely well. -- B

Quarterback

Eric Zeier showed better arm strength than previously demonstrated and moved out of the pocket well. He also made a

couple of nice audibles and touch passes. -- B

Receivers

This was a nice comeback game for Derrick Alexander, but overall they dropped too many passes. If Seattle had a better pass defense, the Ravens would have been in trouble yesterday. -- C

Offensive linemen

The unit had trouble early but made an adjustment with splits late in the second quarter. Seattle had three sacks, but that was misleading. The group powered the Ravens to 374 yards of total offense. -- B

Defensive linemen

Defensive tackle Larry Webster did a nice job of filling in for Tony Siragusa, and end Michael McCrary was all over the field. Even when they didn't get to the quarterback, they frequently moved him. -- B+

Linebackers

Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware is already one of the best pass rushers in the league. His two mates, though, didn't play as well as expected on run support, and middle linebacker Ray Lewis struggled early. -- C

Defensive backs

Despite playing sometimes three rookies in the secondary, this group hustled and communicated well, something they had not done all season. Cornerback Antonio Langham covered well, and safety Ralph Staten was tough against the run. -- B

Special teams

Jermaine Lewis returned two punts for touchdowns, and the Ravens' cover units were excellent. But neither punter Greg Montgomery nor kicker Matt Stover had an exceptional day, with Stover failing to put Seattle away with a late field-goal attempt. -- B+

Pub Date: 12/08/97

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