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December 28, 1998|By Mike Preston

Running backs

Priest Holmes became the first 1,000-yard rusher in Ravens history, but he still has a bad habit of starting slow in games. Fullback Roosevelt Potts had one of his best games but remains inconsistent as far as blocking. -- B

Quarterback

Jim Harbaugh wasn't extremely sharp, but he didn't have to be. He tried to force a couple of passes into double coverage, but he complemented the running game well and was agile in the pocket. -- C

Receivers

If this was Michael Jackson's farewell party, he had a dandy one with four receptions for 36 yards. He also threw a couple of nice blocks. Jermaine Lewis was effective over the middle with five receptions for 40 yards. -- B

Offensive linemen

Despite missing three starters, this unit played well in two of the last three games. Maybe the Ravens should have started the season with this group, eh? James Atkins did a nice job at left tackle and Mike Flynn was adequate replacing injured guard Ben Cavil. -- B

Defensive linemen

It's a shame the Ravens didn't work rookie tackle Lional Dalton into the lineup earlier to push Tony Siragusa. Overall, this was one of the defensive line's best games, especially the efforts from the tackles and end Rob Burnett. -- B+

Linebackers

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis seems to play his best against the great players, and he had seven tackles against Barry Sanders. Strong-side man Peter Boulware was a threat against the run and pass. Weak-side linebacker Jamie Sharper missed a couple of tackles early but played better as the game went on. -- B

Defensive backs

Cornerback Rod Woodson gave up his usual long pass, and the Ravens were content to give Detroit the short passes because quarterback Frank Reich doesn't have an exceptionally strong arm. -- C

Special teams

Bennie Thompson capped a Pro Bowl year with two special teams tackles. Donny Brady also had two special teams tackles. Kyle Richardson averaged 47 yards a punt. -- B

Pub Date: 12/28/98

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