Ravens Report Card

December 08, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON

QB

C

Joe Flacco had trouble getting in sync with his receivers. Sometimes he threw high, and other times they dropped a couple on him. Flacco needed to work short instead of going downfield as much, but the young man keeps delivering week after week.

OL

B

Ravens guards Ben Grubbs and Chris Chester did a nice job of pulling and there were some holes in the running game, but Willis McGahee didn't hit them. The pass protection was good, but the Redskins did a nice job in coverage. Solid effort overall.

WR

C-

Tight end Todd Heap was effective on outside routes and had a couple of opportunities for long passes one-on-one with the linebackers. Derrick Mason's double move on Carlos Rogers for a TD shows why he is one of the best route runners in the league.

RB

C

It's OK to keep the three-headed monster, but the main guy appears to be Le'Ron McClain. On their last drive, the Ravens ran the ball 11 times, and McClain carried it 10 straightand also delivered the knockout blow. McGahee looked rusty.

DL

A

One of the best things about last night's game was watching defensive linemen make tackles 5, 10 and 15 yards downfield. Tackles Justin Bannan and Haloti Ngata were dominating inside, and the Redskins had no running game.

LB

A

By the end of the third quarter, inside linebacker Ray Lewis already had 11 tackles. He was all over the field last night including knocking down several passes. The Redskins had no answer for outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

DB

A

Safety Ed Reed returned one fumble for a touchdown and picked off two passes. The Redskins tried to pick on cornerback Fabian Washington, but he helped shut down the Redskins' speedy receivers. Safety Jim Leonhard is always around the ball.

ST

B

The Ravens seem to have found a groove, especially as far as coverage. They flew to the ball, and Sam Koch averaged 41.3 yards on six punts. . The Ravens need to improve on returning punts but averaged 17.7 yards on three kickoff returns.

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