Report card

November 23, 1998|By Mike Preston

Running backs

Priest Holmes rushed for 227 yards, the most by an NFL back this season. He made some spectacular runs and showed acceleration going through the holes. Fullback Roosevelt Potts lost a crucial fumble in the third quarter and needed to be more consistent on his lead blocking. -- A

Quarterback

Nothing spectacular. Jim Harbaugh has to stop forcing passes but at least his reads were better than the past two weeks. He also ran for big yards at crucial times, another improvement. -- C

Receivers

Tight end Eric Green and Jermaine Lewis complemented the running game. Lewis had four catches for 48 yards and Green had two for 14. But their most crucial contributions were run blocking. -- A

Offensive linemen

When a team rushes for more than 200 yards, credit the offensive line, especially tackles Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Brown. James Atkins did well in his first start at left guard. But keep it in perspective: This was only the Bengals. -- A

Defensive linemen

The tackles did a good job shutting down the run and got good penetration to slow running back Corey Dillon. But the group was slow getting pressure on quarterback Paul Justin in the first half before turning it up in the second. -- C+

Linebackers

Ray Lewis had two key interceptions, but he and strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware need to improve on pass coverage. Weak-side linebacker Jamie Sharper made big plays in the first half, but seemed to disappear in the second. -- C+

Defensive backs

Rookie cornerback Duane Starks didn't give up a big play and seemed to get more aggressive as the game went on. Nickel back DeRon Jenkins batted down two passes and has played well despite his demotion. It was not a great day for Rod Woodson, who had problems cutting off short hitch-and-out patterns. -- C

Special teams

No penalties. No big plays. Corey Harris and Bennie Thompson each had two tackles. Break out the champagne. Now work on the kickoff return coverage. -- C+

Pub Date: 11/23/98

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