Mike Preston's Report Card

Ravens 16 Texans 10

December 05, 2005|By MIKE PRESTON



Kyle Boller was erratic at times and looked out of sync with his receivers. Still, he made some really nice throws and led the comeback - even if it was against the Texans, who really blew it by blitzing on the last play before Matt Stover kicked his game-winning field goal.

Running backs


Chester Taylor ran hard at times but never got into the flow of the game. Jamal Lewis had eight carries for only 17 yards and seldom got out of the backfield. Taylor and Lewis had fumbles. Overall, the Ravens had 73 yards rushing against the worst run defense in the NFL.

Offensive line


The Ravens were without three starters, but only one was of real significance, left tackle Jonathan Ogden. Right guard Brian Rimpf committed several penalties, and center Mike Flynn allowed too much penetration. Adam Terry, who replaced Ogden, has slow feet and needs a lot of work.



The receivers betrayed Boller. Derrick Mason dropped two passes and so did Mark Clayton, both of which would have been big gains. But Clayton and tight end Todd Heap each had clutch receptions on the final drive. The Ravens, meanwhile, need to find a tight end who can block.

Defensive line


The Texans rushed for 165 yards, 155 by Domanick Davis, who ran straight up the middle at tackles Kelly Gregg and Maake Kemoeatu. End Terrell Suggs had three sacks and was a force on both the left and right sides. He knows it will be more difficult next week against the Denver Broncos.



Tommy Polley and Bart Scott each had 12 tackles, but a lot of those were off the line of scrimmage. Polley also missed several tackles. Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas had five tackles and caught a tipped pass that he returned for a 20-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.



This group didn't get a lot of work on the outside, except for a few quick timing patterns. Most of David Carr's passes were short and in the flats, routes that gave the Ravens problems. Deion Sanders and Samari Rolle combined for six tackles. Now, that's a big day.

Special teams


Earth, calling B.J. Sams. ... He doesn't know when to fair catch and when not to fair catch. The Special teams units were guilty of several penalties, one of which nullified a punt return touchdown by Sams. After several great weeks, these units turned in a below-average performance.

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