Mike Preston's Report Card

Ravens Gameday

October 10, 2005

Quarterback -- D

Anthony Wright had a passer rating of 68.5, which isn't bad, but that doesn't include his two interceptions, including one into the end zone from the Lions' 3-yard line. Dear Anthony: It's OK to throw the ball away once you get outside the pocket.

Offensive line -- C

The Ravens have changed their blocking scheme, getting more combination blocking between the center and guards. The Ravens ran the ball effectively, but as a group, the line still struggles with its pass protection.

Running backs -- B

If the Ravens could have stayed with their run-first, pass-second game plan, they would have been OK. Halfback Jamal Lewis had 95 yards on 19 carries and backup Chester Taylor had 46 on nine carries. The Ravens, though, had to play from behind.

Receivers -- C

Wide-out Derrick Mason had six catches for 65 yards, but his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the second half was childish. Tight end Todd Heap and wide-out Clarence Moore each had a reception for more than 20 yards, but the Ravens have no rhythm in the passing game.

Defensive line -- D

Actually, the group played well in the first half and for most of the third quarter, but wore down because it was on the field too long. But tackle Maake Kemoeatu got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and end Terrell Suggs got ejected in the third quarter. More self control is needed.

Linebackers -- C

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis said he was going to be the league's Most Valuable Player, but he got run over twice by halfback Kevin Jones, who ran like Jamal Lewis used to run. Ray Lewis, though, did finish with eight tackles. Weakside linebacker Adalius Thomas got a lot of penetration on running plays.

Secondary -- B

The Lions tried several deep passes but were unsuccessful. For the most part, cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle kept everything in front of them. Safety Will Demps took more punishment than he gave to Jones, and Deion Sanders looked slow on Shawn Bryson's long fourth-quarter TD run.

Special teams -- C -

Why can't these guys remember which units they're on? Why can't they remember to switch sides at the end of each quarter? B.J. Sams averaged 19.2 yards on kickoff returns, but the Ravens gave up an average of 16 on kickoffs. The Lions' 49-yard punt return in the third quarter was a back-breaker, too.

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