Ravens Report Card

November 24, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON



On paper, it looks as though Joe Flacco had a good day, but it's misleading. One or two of his passes were almost picked off, and he was very methodical in the first half. The game moved fast, but Flacco appeared a step behind.



It was a patched-up group that played hard and with a lot of guts. Left tackle Jared Gaither played with one healthy arm again, and right tackle Willie Anderson struggled with an ankle injury. Overall, the line was better than expected.



The Ravens might need to get more sophisticated in their routes because teams are on to those comeback patterns. Derrick Mason had three catches for 40 yards, and Mark Clayton had two for 76, including one for a 53-yard touchdown.



Le'Ron McClain had 88 yards on 18 carries, and he carried the running game. Neither Willis McGahee nor Ray Rice could get outside. Rice needs to stop juking so much and just run. Fullback Lorenzo Neal made nice blocks at the point of attack.



Haloti Ngata and Justin Bannan combined for nine tackles. End Trevor Pryce had three tackles and put a lot of pressure on the Eagles' quarterbacks. This might have been Pryce's best game this season.



Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson had six tackles, including 1 1/2 sacks. The Ravens, particularly Ray Lewis, put a lot of pressure on the Eagles in passing situations. The linebackers controlled the pace of the game.



This was the best game of the season for this unit. It took away the Eagles' deep passing attack and tackled well on any short passes caught in front of it. Ed Reed had two interceptions, one returned 108 yards for a touchdown.



Sam Koch had rockets for punts, including one of 60 yards. Matt Stover made two of two field-goal tries. But the return game needs to improve, and it starts with specialist Yamon Figurs. The Eagles also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

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