Baltimore Ravens Reportcard

Quarterback: D-plus Joe Flacco never got into sync with his receivers, repeatedly missing open targets on third downs as Baltimore converted only 2 of 11 third downs. He completed 14 of 19 passes for an inconsquential 125 yards and no touchdowns for a 69.0 passer rating. Off-rhythm all day.

Running back: C

Ray Rice grinded out 77 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, but his longest run was only 11 yards and he caught no passes. Willis McGahee only rushed for five yards on two carries. Fullback Le'Ron McClain caught three passes for a grand total of four yards. The running game wasn't much of a factor against an active Bengals front seven.

Receiver: C

The most encouraging news of the day for the Ravens' offense was tight end Todd Heap making a healthy return after missing the previous three games with a pulled right hamstring. He caught three passes for 53 yards. Whether it was Derrick Mason, T.J. Houshmandzadeh or Anquan Boldin, none of the former Pro Bowl receivers made a significant impact. The Bengals' pass coverage was sound.

Offensive line: D

They allowed four sacks, getting beat on upfield moves and twists all day. Joe Flacco was hit seven times. The Ravens had better hope that Michael Oher's sprained right knee heals quickly or they could be in trouble in the playoffs with Oniel Cousins playing left tackle.

Defensive line: D-plus

Carson Palmer threw 45 passes, but was never sacked. He was only hit twice. He had plenty of time to throw, but didn't make the most of his opportunities despite the lack of duress.

Linebacker: C-plus

The Bengals only rushed for 90 yards on 31 carries, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Cedric Benson usually has big games against Baltimore, but was held to 53 yards on 21 carries with a long run of nine yards. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis recorded 11 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Terrell Suggs has never recorded a sack against Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth and got manhandled by him Sunday.

Secondary: C

Ed Reed intercepted two passes, both off of deflections. He returned them for 48 yards and managed to resist the urge to lateral it for a change. Carson Palmer threw one touchdown and passed for 305 yards, but completed only 32 of his 45 throws. They struggled against former Coastal Carolina standout Jerome Simpson, allowing him to catch 12 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals went after Lardarius Webb with a lot of success.

Special teams: B-minus

Sam Koch averaged 47.9 yards per punt. Billy Cundiff knocked in field goals from 25 and 47 yards and tied Mitch Berger's NFL touchback record with 40 for the season. The kick coverage was below average, allowing Quan Cosby to average 12.3 yards per punt return and Bernard Scott to average 25.5 yards per kickoff return. Jalen Parmele had a 30-yard kickoff return. Lardarius Webb was a nonfactor on punt return

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