Mike Preston's Report Card

Ravens Gameday

October 01, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON



Steve McNair completed 34 of 53 passes for 307 yards, but he was off most of the day. He threw too high and too low. He overthrew receivers and a number of passes were knocked down. He was horrible in the red zone.



Derrick Mason had 10 catches for 78 yards and fellow wide receiver Demetrius Williams had five for 63. Somehow, the Ravens need to develop a long-range passing attack. Yesterday's yardage looks good, but the damage was minimal.

Offensive line


This young group held up well. The Ravens rushed for 111 yards and averaged 5.6 a carry. For most of the game, McNair was protected well. But tackles Adam Terry and Marshal Yanda struggled late in the game.

Running backs


What else does Willis McGahee have to do? He carried 14 times and gained 104 yards. He ran hard and tough, and he found lanes when there were no obvious openings.

Defensive line


Tackles Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata were great against the run, but this group hasn't put pressure on the quarterback in almost two games. Tackle Dwan Edwards, subbing for injured starter Trevor Pryce, has one tackle in two games.



Inside linebacker Bart Scott hung around the ankles of running back Jamal Lewis most of the day. But the guys on the outside, Jarret Johnson and Terrell Suggs, were getting handled. Suggs didn't have a sack yesterday. He hasn't had one since last season.



Starting cornerback Samari Rolle needs to get well in a hurry. Fellow cornerback Chris McAlister got lit up for a 78-yard touchdown, and the Browns kept finding holes in the Ravens' secondary. Safety Ed Reed had an interception. The Ravens need to improve on their tackling, especially in the open field.

Special teams


Yamon Figurs fumbled a kickoff, leading to a Browns touchdown. Usually reliable kicker Matt Stover missed two field-goal tries. The offensive line on the field-goal team caved in several times, and one procedure penalty on a failed Cleveland field-goal attempt kept the drive alive.

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