Mike Preston's Report Card

December 21, 2009|By Mike Preston

Quarterback

A

Joe Flacco actually had a decent start, and he was helped by the play action. Flacco had good timing for most of the game and was able to go through his progressions. He got sloppy like the rest of the offense by midway through the third quarter.

Offensive line

A

This group went right after the Bears, and Chicago couldn't handle the Ravens. Tackle Michael Oher and guard Ben Grubbs were dominant on the left side, and tackle Oniel Cousins and guard Marshal Yanda were solid on the right.

Running backs

B

Even though the Ravens rushed for 124 yards, they had only 34 after halftime. Running back Ray Rice had 87 on 16 carries and also had five receptions. Le'Ron McClain and Willis McGahee weren't major contributors.

Receivers

A

The Ravens finally got tight end Todd Heap involved, and he had five catches for 56 yards, including two touchdowns. The Bears had no answers for receivers Derrick Mason and Demetrius Williams. Williams' touchdown catch was a beauty. Defensive line

C+

Defensive tackle Kelly Gregg has gotten better the past two games and had four tackles along with fellow tackle Haloti Ngata. End Terrell Suggs had five tackles, but the Ravens are still giving up too many rushing yards, especially to a team like the Bears.

Linebackers

B

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had nine tackles, but he needs more of a physical presence up front. A lot of tackles were too far off the line. Rookie Dannell Ellerbe was strong against the run, and Antwan Barnes and Jameel McClain brought pressure.

Secondary

A

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was in a giving spirit, tossing three interceptions, two to cornerback Domonique Foxworth. Lardarius Webb also played well, and the Ravens have too much speed for teams to beat them with a short passing game.

Special teams

D

The Ravens had two bad snaps, one resulting in a missed field-goal try. They allowed 19 yards per punt return, including a touchdown. They also allowed an average of 21.2 yards on kickoffs, and the Bears almost blocked a punt by Sam Koch.

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