Mike Preston's Report Card

Jaguars 30 Ravens 3

Ravens Gameday

November 14, 2005|By MIKE PRESTON



Now you know why Brian Billick wanted to keep playing Anthony Wright. It's hard for a marginal quarterback to shake off rust. Boller threw a couple of decent passes, but he had very little pocket awareness and three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and another that killed a drive.

Running backs


There were times when there were holes, but Jamal Lewis had no acceleration. He couldn't keep his feet and his balance. He started out strong, but faded during the game and finished with 44 yards on 14 carries. Backup running back Chester Taylor didn't have one carry. That was strange.

Offensive line


The Ravens' running game was solid in the first half behind left guard Edwin Mulitalo and left tackle Jonathan Ogden. But the Ravens got little production from the right side, which is nothing new. Brian Rimpf didn't perform badly at right guard, subbing for Keydrick Vincent in the fourth quarter.



Todd Heap had five catches for 58 yards, and Derrick Mason had four for 63. The receivers never got into the flow of a game because the pass blocking was so poor. Heap needs to improve on his run and pass blocking. Tight ends don't need to block well for the most part, but it's a necessity with this team.

Defensive line


This unit had a strong first half but got blown out in the second. The Jaguars wore down tackles Kelly Gregg and Maake Kemoeatu. End Tony Weaver had problems lining up onside. Fellow end Terrell Suggs rushed hard in the first half but disappeared in the second.



Middle linebacker Tommy Polley had eight tackles but had trouble getting off blocks. Outside linebacker Bart Scott had four, but he was contained. The Jaguars did a nice job of hooking outside linebacker Adalius Thomas on runs to the outside. This was not one of Thomas' best games.



These guys blew a lot of coverages. Nickel back Deion Sanders miscommunicated on one play to give up a long pass, and cornerback Chris McAlister also gave up a long pass. You know you're giving up a lot of yards when the safety has the second-most tackles (Will Demps had seven).

Special teams


Matt Stover delivered again, converting on a 41-yard field-goal attempt. Jacksonville returned one kickoff 44 yards but averaged only 8.4 yards on punt returns. B.J. Sams averaged 21.3 yards on kickoff returns and 23.0 on two punt returns. Dave Zastudil averaged 44.6 yards on seven punts.

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