Report card

January 08, 2001|By Mike Preston

Quarterback C

Trent Dilfer completed five of 16 passes for 117 yards and the Ravens still won. One completion was for 33 yards and another for 56. That's amazing. The key statistic is that Dilfer didn't have a turnover.

Offensive line D

The Ravens looked sluggish and allowed too much penetration, as Dilfer was sacked three times. Even the left side, with tackle Jonathan Ogden and guard Edwin Mulitalo, didn't give the running backs much space to run.

Running backs C-

Jamal Lewis had only 47 yards on 17 carries, which would usually indicate the Ravens had lost. Lewis looks a little slow hitting the holes and may have finally hit the rookie wall. Fullback Sam Gash should be pretty sore this morning because he was involved in some serious collisions.

Receivers C-

This group was nonexistent for the fourth straight week. Shannon Sharpe had the only big play, a 56-yard catch, which was the result of the Titans leaving him wide-open on the left sideline. Patrick Johnson disappeared again.

Defensive line B

This unit wore camouflage fatigues to the game (Tony Siragusa wore a size 6XL). The group was involved in a war, as the Titans rushed for 126 yards, including 91 from Eddie George, who got around left end several times. Reserve end Keith Washington was the standout, blocking two field-goal attempts, one of which was returned for a game-turning, 90-yard touchdown.

Linebackers B

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had 12 tackles, and his battle with George was worth the price of admission. Outside linebackers Peter Boulware and Jamie Sharper each had six tackles and turned in solid efforts, even though Tennessee got some yardage on the perimeter.

Secondary B

Tennessee, like most of the Ravens' opponents, went to the short passing attack and had some success against cornerback Duane Starks, but no big plays. Strong safety Corey Harris, making his first start in place of injured Kim Herring, had 11 tackles and was strong in run support. Free safety Rod Woodson also had 11 tackles and played the run well.

Special teams C

The Ravens allowed two punts to be blocked, but also blocked two field-goal attempts. They should play against Titans kicker Al Del Greco every week. Reserve linebacker Brad Jackson led all special teams performers with two tackles.

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