Mike Preston's Reports Card

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 28 Raiders 6

September 18, 2006|By MIKE PRESTON

Quarterback -- D

Kyle McNair, or is it Steve Boller? McNair was 16-for-33 for 143 yards, but he short-hopped a lot of passes for the second straight week. McNair didn't have a lot of time, but when he did, he didn't have a lot of zip on those passes, either. He hasn't found a rhythm with the passing game.

Receivers -- C

Derrick Mason (five catches, 46 yards) makes things happen. Todd Heap had five catches for 17 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown catch. But sooner or later, the Ravens are going to have to develop more of a passing game. Mark Clayton has to touch the ball more. He had only one catch for 30 yards.

Running backs -- C+

The Ravens had 138 yards rushing, but a lot of it came in the second half when the Raiders were either tired or had quit because of an incompetent offense. There were times when Jamal Lewis didn't even make it to the line of scrimmage because there was so much penetration.

Offensive line -- D

The Raiders pancaked the Ravens instead of the other way around. Ravens linemen were being chopped down like Christmas trees. Guards Edwin Mulitalo and Keydrick Vincent and center Mike Flynn had trouble picking up blitzes in the middle. McNair got bounced around like a pinball.

Defensive line -- A+

The Ravens destroyed the Raiders' atrocious offensive line. End Terrell Suggs had seven tackles, including two sacks, and tackle Kelly Gregg's penetration caused all kinds of problems. End Trevor Pryce forced Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter to move a couple of times.

Linebackers -- A+

Outside linebackers Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas were too fast for the Raiders. Thomas had a dream game with seven tackles (two sacks), three quarterback hurries, one interception, one knocked-down pass and a safety. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had seven tackles and intercepted one pass.

Secondary -- A-

Rookie safety Dawan Landry had eight tackles to lead the team. Cornerback Chris McAlister did a decent job of shutting down receiver Randy Moss, but the Ravens showed how little depth they have at corner when starter Samari Rolle left in the first half with a sprained right foot.

Special teams -- A

Rookie punter Sam Koch has become a weapon. He averaged 43.3 yards on seven punts with a long of 60 yards. Kickoff returner B.J. Sams averaged 40.8 yards on four returns. Kicker Matt Stover was 4-for-4 on field goals. He was the Ravens' offense again.

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