Report card

November 09, 1998|By Mike Preston

Running backs

Priest Holmes ran for 99 yards on 27 carries, but he has been looking slower and more indecisive hitting the hole. He did, however, run extremely tough in the fourth quarter. Fullback Roosevelt Potts had one of his best blocking days.

C

Quarterback

Jim Harbaugh played part of the game with a bruised lower spine, but he looked slow and sluggish in the pocket before the injury. He didn't move well and at times held the ball way too long.

C-

Receivers

The group had only 10 receptions for 102 yards, but Michael Jackson had three clutch receptions for 35 yards and Floyd Turner stepped in and played well in the slot for Jermaine Lewis. Maybe Jackson is becoming the go-to receiver again.

C+

Offensive linemen

Right guard Jeff Blackshear owned linebacker Greg Biekert. Tackles Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Brown were effective, but left guard Ben Cavil struggled at times, overstepping and overextending on running plays.

C

Defensive linemen

Michael McCrary abused rookie tackle Mo Collins for four sacks. McCrary, Rob Burnett and tackles James Jones and Tony Siragusa played the run extremely well, but the ends are getting washed down on running plays on the back side, allowing big runs off the cutback.

B

Linebackers

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was the team's leading tackler with 11 and defensed three passes. But both outside linebackers need to do a better job of stopping the run, especially weak-side man Jamie Sharper.

C+

Defensive backs

Rod Woodson made the play of the game with his interception return for a touchdown, but rookie Duane Starks was repeatedly picked on and wasn't his usual aggressive self. The safeties had serious problems with tight end Rickey Dudley.

C-

Special teams

Kyle Richardson averaged 45.6 yards a punt and the Ravens held the Raiders to 53 yards on four kickoff returns, plus there were no penalties. Were these the real Ravens special teams units?

B

Pub Date: 11/09/98

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