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Ravens Gameday

Colts 20, Ravens 10

December 20, 2004|By Mike Preston

Quarterback: Kyle Boller was inconsistent and inaccurate in the first half. He often threw late and high to receivers. He had a 33-yard pass to Travis Taylor late in the half, but on the next play threw late and way behind tight end Darnell Dinkins at the Colts' 15. Boller had an interception late in the half, which led to a 33-yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt with one second remaining. Boller's last-minute interception by Cato June sealed the Indianapolis win.

GRADE: C-

Running backs: Halfback Jamal Lewis had 20 carries for 130 yards, and it's a shame the Ravens got behind because he could have controlled the pace of the game. His 47-yard run in the second quarter was vintage Lewis, running around and through players. Lewis and halfback Chester Taylor are good in tandem. Ravens coach Brian Billick needs to throw away the script early in games. Forget passing, just run Lewis.

GRADE: B

Receivers: Actually, this group has talent, it just needs a better coach to help in running routes, and it also needs better concentration. Tight end Todd Heap dropped a touchdown pass. Clarence Moore couldn't hang onto a critical fourth-down pass late in the game.

GRADE: C+

Offensive line: Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden may have had his worst day as a pro. Colts end Dwight Freeney beat him numerous times with spin moves and was constantly pressuring Boller. It's fairly obvious that Ogden's mobility is limited because of his previous hamstring pull.

GRADE: C-

Defensive line: Ends Tony Weaver and Marques Douglas held their own on the perimeter and stopped running back Edgerrin James from going outside. They got penetration, which caused James to hesitate. The Colts, though, discovered they could run inside and began attacking nose tackle Kelly Gregg. The Ravens still lack a big pass rusher who can collapse the pocket.

GRADE: B

Linebackers: Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas may have been the best linebacker on the field. Several times he ran down James from the far side and play side. He played containment well on the outside. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was steady, finished with 11 tackles and the Ravens controlled James, but they needed to get more pressure on Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

GRADE: B

Secondary: The coaching staff should inform cornerback Deion Sanders that he can no longer put his hands on a receiver after 5 yards, and that he can tackle above the ankles. The Ravens contained Indianapolis for most of the first half, but the unit started wearing down in the second.

GRADE: C+

Special teams: The Ravens missed a field-goal attempt late in the third quarter, which eventually led to a 3-yard touchdown run by James and swung the game's momentum in the Colts' favor.

GRADE: C

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