Report card

October 08, 2001|By Mike Preston

Quarterback B

Elvis Grbac played well, especially with play-action passes. He has a great touch with the long ball, but may have gotten too carried away going after cornerback DeRon Jenkins in the second half instead of running the regular offense. But Grbac also played a smart game, and he got rid of the ball several times under duress.

Offensive line A+

The Ravens dominated one of the best front sevens in the league, and they wore down Tennessee in the second half. Left tackle Jonathan Ogden and left guard Edwin Mulitalo performed well in run blocking, as did center Mike Flynn, who cut off penetration from the Titans' linebackers.

Running backs A+

Terry Allen exploded through holes and rushed for 108 yards. He ran with power and used a lot of vision to get outside. Jason Brookins performed well in the second half and became a brute when the Ravens needed to control the clock.

Receivers B

Travis Taylor is emerging as the team's big-play receiver. He had five catches for 80 yards. Qadry Ismail also has become more steady and dependable. Shannon Sharpe had three catches for 57 yards, but third-year receiver Brandon Stokley was disappointing with two dropped passes and a missed block that almost got Grbac sacked.

Defensive line A+

Tackles Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa dominated the line of scrimmage, but end Michael McCrary was clearly the best player on the interior line. He finished with two sacks and caused another with pressure. He has played extremely well the past two games.

Linebackers A-

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had 10 tackles, including a half-sack. He handled running back Eddie George as usual, but got a little sloppy in pass coverage. Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware produced a lot of pressure.

Secondary B+

Free safety Rod Woodson was just as effective against the run as Lewis. Woodson also had 10 tackles. His interception of a halfback option pass in the fourth quarter stopped a lot of Tennessee's momentum. Cornerback Duane Starks knocked down five passes, but he did get caught napping twice. Strong safety Corey Harris continues to deliver a big, crunching hit every game.

Special teams C

Tennessee returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and then recovered an onside kick that almost turned the game around. Kickoff coverage was improved from a week ago, and the Ravens didn't have any problems with the Titans' punt return team.

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