REPORT CARD

Here's a look at how every unit performed in the Dolphins' 9-6 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

QUARTERBACK — It was another difficult outing for Brian Griese, who is showing why the Denver Broncos decided to let him go. Griese was off the mark throughout the game, especially whenever he tried to throw long. Griese wasn't sacked against Baltimore, but he threw an interception in the fourth quarter when he never saw safety Ed Reed read his eyes and cut in front of wide receiver Derrius Thompson. When the offense scores only three field goals, you know the quarterback hasn't had a good day. Grade: D

RUNNING BACKS — Ricky Williams finally got another 100-yard game, but it took him 36 carries to gain his 105 yards, and that's an average of not even 3 yards per carry. Williams ran hard and had five runs of 10 yards or more, but there were too many times when he had nowhere to run, which really isn't his fault. From his end, he did all that was asked of him. Fullback Rob Konrad was a bigger part of the passing game than he had been in recent weeks, and the passes to him were the most effective part of the offense on this day. Grade: B-

RECEIVERS — This was not an impressive day for these guys. There were no great catches, and there were a couple of drops, most notably by new receiver Kendall Newson and tight end Randy McMichael. McMichael's drop near the Baltimore goal line almost resulted in an interception, but safety Gary Baxter dropped the deflection. James McKnight started in place of Derrius Thompson, but he didn't catch a pass. Chris Chambers had three catches, but everybody else was quiet. Grade: D+

OFFENSIVE LINE — Compared to recent weeks, this unit performed extremely well, even though the group by the end of the game included second-year players Greg Jerman and Seth McKinney and rookie free agent Billy Yates. McKinney played the whole game at center in place of the injured Tim Ruddy; Yates got a series at left guard in place of Jamie Nails in the second quarter before replacing Nails for good in the third quarter after Nails injured an ankle; while Jerman came in for Todd Perry after Perry was hurt in the fourth quarter. The run blocking was sporadic at best, but the Dolphins didn't allow a sack this time. Part of the season was they kept receivers in to block at times, but the pass protection up front was much better than in recent weeks. Grade: C

DEFENSIVE LINE — The defense won this game for the Dolphins, and every line of defense played well. Jason Taylor had a great game for the Dolphins, with a sack, a pass batted down and a couple of nice tackles on running plays coming from behind. Adewale Ogunleye also had a sack and the big guys in the middle helped limit the damage done by Jamal Lewis. Grade: A-

LINEBACKERS — Zach Thomas returned after missing the Tennessee game, and he came up with the biggest play of the game when he recovered the Lewis fumble in overtime. Morlon Greenwood was very impressive for the Dolphins, and Junior Seau also made some plays. Grade: B

DEFENSIVE BACKS — The Ravens, as expected, did very little damage in the passing game, so it didn't hurt that much that Patrick Surtain had to leave the game early because of continued problems with his right ankle. Terrell Buckley did a nice job in Surtain's place. Sammy Knight and Sam Madison both came up with big interceptions; Madison's set up a field goal and Knight's stopped a Ravens drive. Free safety Brock Marion had a pretty quiet day. Grade: A-

SPECIAL TEAMS — Olindo Mare's game-winning field goal helped save the day for the special teams, which were overall dreadful. Start with Mare missing a potential game-winning field goal late in regulation. Then you have three penalties, not counting one that was declined. Then you have a 73-yard kickoff return by Baltimore's Lamont Brightful that set up a Matt Stover field goal. On the positive side, in addition to Mare's last field goal, Sam Simmons had a 32-yard punt return and Matt Turk had five punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Grade: D+


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