Mike Preston's Report Card Ravens Gameday

December 11, 2007|By MIKE PRESTON

Quarterback -- F -- Kyle Boller had only a 27.1 quarterback rating in the first half. He threw three interceptions and fumbled once. He was back to the Boller of old.

Running backs -- F -- Willis McGahee ran hard for the first part of the first quarter, but there were no openings. He tried to juke too much, and that doesn't work against a fast defensive team such as the Colts.

Offensive line -- F -- The Colts aren't that big up front, but they were getting too much penetration, beating guards Ben Grubbs, Jason Brown and center Mike Flynn off the ball. Indianapolis got a lot of penetration off the edges.

Receivers -- F -- Good defensive teams take away those little, short curl patterns in the Ravens' vanilla offense. The Ravens didn't have a receiver who was effective in the game. They had no weapons.

Defensive line -- C -- Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was superb, and he stayed in the Colts' backfield. Fellow tackle Kelly Gregg was solid for the first half, but they all eventually caved in because the Ravens had no offense to give them some relief.

Linebackers -- D -- The Ravens are good at stopping the run, but they don't cover well. Neither Ray Lewis nor Bart Scott could stay with Colts running back Joseph Addai out of the backfield. The Colts kept the Ravens guessing all night.

Secondary -- F -- This group of players couldn't tackle. They couldn't cover. They couldn't play man-to-man. They couldn't play zone. They just couldn't play.

Special teams -- C -- Yamon Figurs returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and he had several other good returns. But the Ravens had a punt blocked and got their usual penalties that affected field position.

Coaching -- F -- This was like a varsity team playing the junior varsity. The Ravens were embarrassed again on national television. Oh well, at least they shut up this week.

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