Ravens Report Card

Preston's Take

Ravens Gameday

January 05, 2009



Joe Flacco completed only nine of 23 passes for 135 yards, and he was off on just about every long ball he threw. Flacco will have to make plays from here on out. Fortunately, he seems to rebound well after sluggish performances.



The line made strong initial contact and held on to its blocks. Pass protecting, for the most part, was good. With some help, left tackle Jared Gaither held Miami outside linebacker Joey Porter to three tackles and no sacks.



With the exception of Derrick Mason, did these guys play? Mason had four catches for 71 yards, but Mark Clayton had only two for 16. Tight end Todd Heap had one for 31, but he dropped what should have been a short touchdown pass over the middle.



The Ravens gave the Dolphins plenty of Le'Ron McClain, who finished with 75 yards on 19 carries. McClain, though, fumbled to stop the game's opening drive. Willis McGahee had 62 yards on seven carries, including a 48-yarder.



One of the best things about this group is its hustle. The linemen are relentless in chasing down runners even to the opposite side of the field. Tackles Justin Bannan and Marques Douglas each had two tackles, and Trevor Pryce had a sack.



Ray Lewis made a game-high nine tackles, and Bart Scott added eight. Lewis and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson played well in goal-line situations. The Ravens did a good job of moving around Terrell Suggs, whose four tackles included a sack.



The Ravens knew Chad Pennington couldn't beat them long, so they allowed the Dolphins to catch short passes. Safety Ed Reed returned one of his two interceptions for a TD. Cornerbacks Samari Rolle and Fabian Washington played well.



Matt Stover converted on field goals of 23 and 31 yards. Punter Sam Koch averaged 43.4 yards, and he twice delivered punts inside the 10. Miami averaged only 5 yards a punt return, and for the most part, the Ravens dominated field position.

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