Mike Preston's Report Card

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 16, Browns 3

October 17, 2005|By MIKE PRESTON | MIKE PRESTON,SUN REPORTER

Quarterback -- B

Anthony Wright played well within himself and the system. The Browns did him a big favor by not blitzing often. Wright made some really nice and tight throws to the outside of the field. He still stares down receivers, but he made an improvement over last week.

Offensive line -- B

Left tackle Jonathan Ogden and left guard Edwin Mulitalo were good at the point of attack, but Mulitalo has to do a better job of sustaining blocks. Right guard Keydrick Vincent and tackles Orlando Brown and Tony Pashos were good holding their blocks for cutback runs.

Running backs -- C

Halfback Chester Taylor appears to be making quicker decisions than starter Jamal Lewis. There isn't any hesitation or stutter-stepping. Lewis, though, did appear to get stronger as the game went on, and that could pay off big for the Ravens in the second half of the season.

Receivers -- B+

Wide-out Derrick Mason had the Browns' cornerbacks scared. They didn't know how to handle him and gave him way too much cushion. With so much room underneath, tight end Todd Heap was able to move around freely. He hurt the Browns as much as Mason did. It was a good 1-2 punch.

Defensive line -- C

This unit started strong but wore down. Cleveland came out throwing but ran right at the Ravens in the second half. Terrell Suggs was superb with five tackles and a sack. He also knocked down a pass, forced a fumble and put a lot of pressure on Trent Dilfer.

Linebackers -- C+

Adalius Thomas has been the team's most consistent and complete defensive player. He had three tackles, knocked down a pass and recovered a fumble. Ray Lewis had five tackles, but most of those were 4 or 5 yards downfield. Cleveland had success running right at him.

Secondary -- B

The Browns don't have a legitimate No. 1 receiver, so the Ravens didn't get much of a challenge. Dilfer was under constant pressure. The Browns used a lot of short passes, trying to hit seams for big gains, but they were unsuccessful. Safeties Ed Reed and Will Demps were solid in run support.

Special teams -- B

Matt Stover kicked three field goals in some unfavorable wind conditions. B.J. Sams returned a punt 51 yards to set up a Stover field goal. The Ravens, though, have to do a better job of covering kickoffs. The Browns averaged 18.8 yards, and were a block or two from breaking one or two for touchdowns.

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