Ravens Report Card

Ravens 20, Bills 6

Ravens Gameday

October 25, 2004|By MIKE PRESTON

Quarterback: Kyle Boller completed 10 of 19 passes for 86 yards. He started out strong but lost his touch in the final three quarters. Boller failed to complete a pass in the second half. But he had only one turnover, which led to three Buffalo points. In the eyes of coach Brian Billick, it was a great day. -- GRADE: C

Running backs: Chester Taylor played well filling in for Jamal Lewis, gaining 89 yards on 21 carries. There were times he made yards when there were no holes. He did an excellent job hiding behind the Ravens' linemen and then cutting back. He gave the Ravens an extra dimension on offense by catching passes out of the backfield and in the flats. Backup Musa Smith never found his rhythm. -- GRADE: B

Receivers: Actually, the Ravens should use a spread formation with three or four tight ends replacing the receivers for run blocking. Randy Hymes and Travis Taylor did a good job blocking downfield, and Taylor made a great catch on his 47-yard reception. The Ravens dropped two or three passes, but that's to be expected: They have forgotten what it's like to catch a ball. -- GRADE: C

Offensive line: Left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who left in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, had problems pass-blocking end Aaron Schobel early in the game. Right guard Bennie Anderson made tackle Sam Adams disappear for most of the game. The Ravens had trouble running in the second half when right tackle Orlando Brown left the game briefly with a finger injury. -- GRADE: C+

Defensive line: Ends Marques Douglas and Tony Weaver had a combined five tackles, but that doesn't tell the story. With nose tackle Kelly Gregg, they controlled the line of scrimmage. Weaver and especially Douglas were relentless in pursuit. Weaver had one sack, and the trio hurried quarterback Drew Bledsoe numerous other times. -- GRADE: A

Linebackers: Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas has had the most consistent year among this group, but second-year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is developing well. He wasn't strong defending the run last year, but he's rapidly becoming a complete player. -- GRADE: A

Secondary: Reserve safety Chad Williams had a hand in two of the Ravens' four interceptions, deflecting one and picking off another. The Bills seemed afraid to attack cornerbacks Chris McAlister, Gary Baxter and Deion Sanders downfield. Most teams have a vertical passing game, but the Bills were horizontal. Sanders had two interceptions, both of which came off good reads. -- GRADE: A

Special teams: Dave Zastudil had an excellent game punting, but kicker Wade Richey had another short kickoff. It sounds like no big deal, but he is only on the roster to kick long, and he has kicked three out of bounds this season. -- GRADE: C+

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