Mike Preston's Report Card

November 23, 2009|By MIKE PRESTON

Quarterback

C-

Joe Flacco was all over the field and mostly inaccurate. On the interception late in the game, the Colts showed blitz and he threw too early. The Ravens and Flacco might review some film from early this season and look at his mechanics.

Running backs

B

If not forRay Rice, the Ravens wouldn't have an offense. He rushed 20 times for 71 yards and had seven catches for 64. Backup Willis McGahee performed well when he got opportunities. It looks like Le'Ron McClain's days as a ball carrier are over.

Receivers

C-

Derrick Mason had nine catches for 142 yards, including one of 45. He was the only real downfield threat, except when Rice broke tackles after short passes. The rest, including tight end Todd Heap, had four catches. The Ravens have no vertical game.

Offensive line

C

For the most part, tackles Jared Gaither and Michael Oher did excellent jobs handling defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney on pass protection, but the Ravens couldn't corral tackles Antonio Johnson and Dan Muir on the inside.

Defensive line

C+

The Ravens put reasonable pressure on Peyton Manning. Tackles Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg combined for four tackles, but Ngata looked rusty, and the unnecessary-roughness call was major in the Colts gaining the victory.

Linebackers

D+

Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (six tackles) was strong against the rush and pass. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had an off day and was embarrassed on Joseph Addai's 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Secondary

C+

The Ravens blew coverage on the first touchdown, and Manning hit a couple of long ones over the middle, but they didn't get toasted. Manning was intercepted twice. Safety Ed Reed did a nice job, and cornerback Domonique Foxworth had six tackles.

Special teams

B+

Billy Cundiff converted on five of six field-goal tries, and punter Sam Koch averaged 43 yards on two punts. Lardarius Webb averaged 26.3 yards on three returns. The coverage units were good, but the Colts are terrible returning punts and kickoffs.

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