Ravens Report Card

January 11, 2009|By MIKE PRESTON



Joe Flacco was only 11-for22 for 161 yards, and most of those came on two big plays. But Flacco also led a nice drive at the end. For most of the game, the timing between Flacco and his receivers was off. He also was pressured a lot.



This group got outplayed and out-hustled, especially in the middle. With that said, the Titans have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Late in the game, though, the Ravens started to take charge and open some holes up front.



Derrick Mason had five catches for 78 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown. Mark Clayton came up with his two catches at critical times. Tight end Todd Heap had only one reception, but it was a big one. They made big plays out of few chances.



The Ravens had 50 yards on 30 carries, and their longest run was 11 yards. Le'Ron McClain wasn't much of a factor and played hurt most of the second half. Willis McGahee made some tough runs in the fourth quarter.



Tackles Haloti Ngata and Justin Bannan had strong performances in the middle, and the Titans were smart enough to run away from them. But late in the game, Ngata and Bannan started to wear down. End Trevor Pryce didn't have a tackle.



Ray Lewis and Bart Scott each had 11 tackles, but the Ravens had a tough time containing Chris Johnson. It wasn't a good day as far as plugging holes, but this group did a great job in pursuit. In the end, it made more plays than the Titans.



The Titans did almost everything they needed to do to win. They went after the cornerbacks. But the Titans couldn't hold on to the ball. Tennessee did a good job of throwing away from Ed Reed in the middle. The cornerbacks' tackling was poor.



Matt Stover converted on both of his field-goal tries, including the game-winner. Sam Koch averaged 42.8 yards on eight punts. The Ravens did a really nice job on covering their punts. They need to improve on kickoff coverage.

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