Report card

Nfl Week 6

October 22, 2001|By Mike Preston

Report card

Quarterbacks D-

For the past two weeks, Elvis Grbac has committed turnovers to either kill drives or lead to points for the other team. Backup Randall Cunningham had more time to throw because of his scrambling ability, but playing quarterback for the Ravens can be hazardous to your health.

Offensive line F

One of Grbac's weekly turnovers usually can be attributed to one of his linemen getting beaten up front. The Ravens got punched out yesterday while allowing seven sacks. They were abused. Enough said.

Running backs C-

Starter Terry Allen suffered an ankle injury early in the game. Backup Jason Brookins ran hard, but the Browns played their defensive tackles wide to keep the Ravens' runners in the middle of the field. Fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo ran well, but he got most of his yards by running the ball on passing situations.

Receivers C+

The team has some receivers who can catch the ball, but for some reason, they can't get open. Qadry Ismail continues to be the team's most consistent weapon, but fellow starting wide-out Travis Taylor wasn't much of a factor. It was nice to see Brandon Stokley reappear in the offense.

Defensive line D

Left end Rob Burnett didn't play well when he had two healthy hands last week against the Packers, and he didn't play well with one wrapped in a cast because of a fracture yesterday. End Michael McCrary and tackle Sam Adams played well, but tackle Tony Siragusa never left the helicopter pad in Owings Mills.

Linebackers D

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis overran a lot of tackles and allowed the Browns to get to his legs. There were times when weak-side linebacker Jamie Sharper had no clue as to where the ball was, and he was just out there guessing. At least strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware brought some heat on the pass rush, but he wasn't much of a factor either.

Secondary C

Browns receiver Kevin Johnson got away with a push on cornerback Duane Starks for a 28-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, but Starks got caught napping on a couple of passes and runs, including another touchdown pass. But that's nothing new lately. Free safety Rod Woodson played well and tried to make plays.

Special teams C-

Kicker Matt Stover converted on field goals of 21 and 38 yards, but his short kickoffs have become a liability. The Ravens' kickoff coverage was below par as well. Kickoff and punt returner Jermaine Lewis played well last week, but he looked lost yesterday and hurt the team's field position by not fielding several punts.

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