Baltimore Ravens Reportcard

Quarterback: B-minusJoe Flacco wasn't asked to do much more than manage the game, and he did so more than adequately. He made a couple of clutch throws that mattered: a perfect spiral that running back Ray Rice caught over the shoulders for a touchdown and a well-timed delay pass to tight end Ed Dickson for a score. .

He completed half of his 20 passes for 172 yards with no interceptions for a 112.9 passer rating

Running back: A

Ray Rice had a terrific game, rushing for a season-high 153 yards on 31 carries with one touchdown. He had a 50-yard run. He also caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. This was Rice regaining his Pro Bowl form from a year ago. He produced a career-high 233 yards of total offense. Rice has rushed for 1,051 yards this season.

Receiver: C-plus

The receivers were barely involved at all as Flacco only targeted players besides Ray Rice a total of 13 times for five receptions and one touchdown. They did a nice job of blocking downfield for Rice as he was the showcased player.

Offensive line: B-minus

Back to their old configuration of Marshal Yanda at right tackle and Chris Chester at right guard as they scrapped their experiment with Oniel Cousins at right tackle and Yanda at guard after one week, the offensive line did a nice job of opening up holes for Ray Rice to rumble through. The Ravens rushed for 208 yards on 39 carries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry with one touchdown. They did allow three sacks, but Joe Flacco usually had sufficient time to throw.

Defensive line: B

Cory Redding intercepted a pass to clinch possession for the offense. Terrell Suggs registered his 11th sack of the year. He forced one fumble. The Ravens posted six tackles for losses. Haloti Ngata had a huge pass deflection on Redding's interception and was dominant inside. It was a quiet day for Kelly Gregg.

Linebacker: B

Jarret Johnson had one of his top games of the season, recording seven tackles, one sack and two tackles for losses. He also forced a fumble. Ray Lewis had seven tackles, one for a loss. Dannell Ellerbe exited the doghouse and had a sack and six tackles with one tackle for a loss.

Secondary: B

Against Super Bowl Most Valuable Player quarterback Drew Brees, the secondary contained him to 267 yards, three touchdowns and 29 completions on 49 throws. He was sacked three times and intercepted once. Against Brees, it could have been a lot worse. Overall, the coverage and tackling were sound.

Special teams: B-minus

Billy Cundiff knocked in three field goals, connecting from 33, 32 and 27 yards. Sam Koch had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Jalen Parmele had a 38-yard kickoff return after David Reed left the game with a concussion. The Ravens can't afford to be without Reed for long. The Ravens kept Reggie Bush from making explosive plays on kickoff and punt returns.

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