Mike Preston's Report Card

Ravens Gameday

Bears 10, Ravens 6

October 24, 2005|By MIKE PRESTON



As bad as Anthony Wright looked at times, he carried the offense for a while, making plays with his feet because there was no time to throw. Wright's total production lacks consistency. He had trouble finding touch on short passes, but if given time to throw, the Ravens might have a good passing game.

Offensive line


The Ravens got very little push at the point of attack. There were few holes to run through, and the pass protection was poor. They will struggle against any team that has a decent defensive line. Right guard Keydrick Vincent may have had his worst game of the season.



It would be interesting to see what Derrick Mason and Todd Heap could do if Wright had time to throw. Heap had seven catches and Mason and fellow receiver Randy Hymes each had two. Instead of using the running game to open up the passing game, maybe the Ravens should change it around.

Running backs


There were no seams, much less holes. Jamal Lewis tried to get it going in the second half with a 13-yard run, but the Bears shut him down. He still hasn't regained his old form. Chester Taylor? We're still waiting for him to play. He is no Gale Sayers, but he is no Joe Palooka, either. Give the kid a chance to play.

Defensive line


Tackles Maake Kemoeatu and Kelly Gregg held up well, but they were on the field too long. Right end Terrell Suggs is a great pass rusher, but a risk in pass coverage. He lacks common football sense. The Bears had some success running at end Jarret Johnson and reserve tackle Dwan Edwards.



Middle linebacker Ray Lewis controlled Chicago's running game in the first half and made a few key tackles on pass plays. Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas made a dumb play, getting called for roughing the passer in the first quarter, which kept alive the Bears' only touchdown drive.



Safety Chad Williams, subbing for the injured Ed Reed, had some rust and it showed. He missed several tackles. Cornerback Chris McAlister played well in run support and finished with six tackles. Cornerback Samari Rolle wasn't tested much, but he backed away from a couple of tackles.

Special teams


B.J. Sams averaged 21.3 yards on three kickoff returns, but only 3.7 on three punt returns, while Chicago countered by averaging 11.3 yards on punt returns and 18.0 on kickoff returns. It seems like every game the Ravens have problems getting a unit's personnel on and off the field.

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