Mike Preston's Report Card

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 48 Packers 3

December 20, 2005|By MIKE PRESTON



Kyle Boller had his best day as a pro. Hopefully, he can build on it. He threw some darts across the middle and had some nice touch on the passes he lofted. By midway through the third quarter, Boller had three touchdown passes. Green Bay's coverage was horrible, but that's not Boller's responsibility.

Offensive line


This group continues to get better. Right guard Brian Rimpf has excelled in pass blocking. Right tackle Tony Pashos gets a little sloppy with technique, but he blocks until the final whistle. The left side, with tackle Jonathan Ogden and guard Edwin Mulitalo, pounded the Packers. The pass blocking was excellent.



Does anyone coach Green Bay's secondary? In the third quarter, tight end Todd Heap ran 2 yards off the line of scrimmage and turned around with no one covering him. He caught a pass and ran 12 yards before anyone touched him. Heap was open all night. So were Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton.

Running backs


The Ravens may want to turn halfback Jamal Lewis into a fullback. He threw a crunching block on Clayton's 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Lewis looked good, actually showing some speed and burst getting to the corner. Fullback Ovie Mughelli was superb as a lead blocker for Lewis.

Defensive line


Green Bay couldn't muster much of a running game but had a few decent runs. Tackles Maake Kemoeatu and Kelly Gregg were too strong for them. Both ends, Jarret Johnson and Terrell Suggs, worked down the line of scrimmage well on running plays, and Suggs got a good jump on most passing plays.



The Ravens linebackers weren't challenged much by the Packers' offense. The outside linebackers, especially Adalius Thomas, kept the running game inside the tackles. Inside linebackers Bart Scott and Tommy Polley were endless in pursuit, and even got pressure as pass rushers.



Quarterback Brett Favre was a shell of his former self. If safety Ed Reed could catch, he would have had three interceptions. Cornerback Chris McAlister had a chance for two. The Ravens seemed to know the pass routes better than the Packers. Nickel back Deion Sanders didn't have a good day tackling.

Special teams


B.J. Sams returned a punt 49 yards to set up the Ravens' first touchdown. The Ravens allowed a kickoff return for 57 yards, but pretty much kept the Packers bottled up on returns. Place-kicker Matt Stover converted two field goals, but he kept coming up short on kickoffs. Really short.

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