Ravens Report Card

Ravens Gameday

Colts 24, Ravens 7

September 12, 2005|By MIKE PRESTON

REPORT CARD

Quarterback: Kyle Boller played within the scheme of the offense and managed the game well. He wasn't required to make any real tough throws, but did complete safe passes. As the game went on, he became more erratic and often threw high. The Ravens, though, don't have much semblance of a passing game. The bottom line is that the Ravens had no points while he was in the game. Backup Anthony Wright played reasonably well, but was put in a bad situation. Two of Wright's passes were intercepted, one for a touchdown late in the game.

GRADE: D

Running backs: Like the rest of the offense, Jamal Lewis started strong, but he had no room to run in the second quarter. Most of the yards he made were on his own. Several times he got hit right after taking the handoff.

GRADE: C+

Receivers: Wide-out Clarence Moore isn't ready for prime time. He dropped a 22-yard pass at the Colts' 30-yard line with six seconds remaining in the second quarter that would have put the team in field-goal range. Before the next play, he was called for illegal procedure. The passing routes in the offense are still stale and unproductive.

GRADE: C-

Offensive line: If the team doesn't get yards on first downs, then this group has trouble succeeding because it doesn't pass-block well. The Ravens have trouble with linebackers blitzing up the middle. Left tackle Jonathan Ogden played well against Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney in the first quarter, but seemed to wear down from Freeney's speed as the game wore on.

GRADE: D

Defensive line: Tackles Maake Kemoeatu and Kelly Gregg forced running back Edgerrin James outside most of the night. Ends Tony Weaver and Terrell Suggs got plenty of penetration, but Suggs has to do a better job of tackling on running plays. Suggs and fellow end Peter Boulware put a lot of pressure on quarterback Peyton Manning, but wore down midway in the third quarter.

GRADE: B

Linebackers: The Ravens were good at disguising coverages and giving Manning different looks. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was effective but not dominating in the middle.

GRADE: B-

Secondary: If cornerback Chris McAlister and safety Ed Reed could catch, this might have been a different game because both had their hands on interceptions that could have changed the game. For most of the game, the secondary played well, and it bracketed Colts receiver Marvin Harrison. Still, it was only a matter of time before Manning connected with Harrison.

GRADE: B-

Special teams: Matt Stover missed three field-goal attempts, drawing some boos from the crowd. Unbelievable. He has been the Ravens' only consistent offensive weapon during the past six years. If Stover doesn't play well, the Ravens are in trouble. Big trouble.

GRADE: D

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