Mike Preston's Ravens report card, Ravens 37, Bills 34, OT

  • Bills wide receiver Lee Evans catches a touchdown pass between Ravens defensive backs Fabian Washington (31) and Dawan Landry in the first half.
Bills wide receiver Lee Evans catches a touchdown pass between… (AP photo )
October 24, 2010|By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun

Defensive line: D

With the exception of defensive end Cory Redding and, at times, defensive tackle Kelly Gregg, the Ravens got bounced around inside, including standout Haloti Ngata. The Ravens got little penetration on passing plays, and the young players were just as ineffective as the older ones.

Linebackers: D

Opposing teams are opening big holes against the Ravens by blocking down on the tackles and kicking out on outside linebackers Jarret Johnson and Terrell Suggs. Inside linebacker Ray Lewis had the key turnover at the end of the game, but he got smacked around inside as well despite the 15 total tackles.

Secondary: F-

Forget safety Ed Reed's two interceptions. The Ravens aren't physical enough to play man coverage. Cornerback Fabian Washington was horrendous. Cornerback Lardarius Webb was horrible. Safety Dawan Landry couldn't take down a tackling dummy. This was the worst coverage of any group in the league this season as the Ravens allowed four touchdown passes.

Special teams: C

The Ravens tried different combinations, but got very little out of their return game. The returners were still indecisive, and the Ravens were unsure which players to block several times during the game. The kicking game was sound as usual and Billy Cundiff converted on three field goals, including the game winner in overtime

Quarterback: B-

Joe Flacco's numbers were impressive, but he compiled those against one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Flacco is so inconsistent at times, but for the most part gave the Ravens a play when they needed one. He threw three touchdowns passes. There were times when he actually stepped up in the pocket instead of sliding to a side, which is a sign of progress.

Running backs: A

The Ravens got some balance out of this group. The Ravens ran the ball 29 times for 135 yards with Ray Rice rushing 16 times for 72 yards and Willis McGahee finishing with 64 yards on 11 carries. This time, the Ravens got McGahee involved early as he started the first series.

Receivers: B

The Ravens had 31 catches for an average of 15.6 yards a reception. Flacco spread the ball around but the big numbers went to Anquan Boldin with 6 catches for 92 yards, and tight end Todd Heap had three for 59 yards. Heap had two touchdowns and Boldin had one.

Offensive line: B

The Ravens finished with 364 yards of total offense, 135 on the ground. They weren't fancy with the running game but went directly after the Bills, who have one of the worst run defenses in the league. The Ravens pass blocking, though, needs to improve. Flacco was sacked twice, and hurried quite a few times.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

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