Ravens Grades: Evaluating the Raiders game

RavensInsider.com publisher Jason Butt hands gives his weekly report card following Baltimore's 55-20 thumping of Oakland.

Quarterback: A-minus

Joe Flacco had one of his best games this year, carving up the Oakland defense for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a one-yard rushing touchdown on a QB sneak. He did have one interception, though that was more so a good play from Raiders CB Michael Huff. If Flacco plays with that kind of consistency moving forward, the Ravens offense will be tough to stop.

Running back: B-plus

Ray Rice was mostly limited as Oakland did a good job committing itself to stopping the run. Rice finished with 35 yards on 13 carries but did score a touchdown from seven yards out. Rice also added 33 yards on four receptions, showing his versatility. Bernard Pierce also earned 10 carries for the day, but only got 23 yards out of it. Oakland may have keyed on stopping Rice but his presence alone can open this offense up.

Wide receiver: B-plus

Coach John Harbaugh said he was hoping other receivers beside Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith would get involved. And they did. Jacoby Jones had two receptions for 54 yards and Tandon Doss had one for 26. Doss' grab was nice, leaping high up into the air to come down with Flacco throw. But speaking of Boldin and Smith, Boldin had four catches for 34 yards and Smith had two for 26. Smith's two catches were huge as they both went for touchdowns.

Tight end: A-minus

Harbaugh said he'd like to see more production out of the tight ends and he got it. Dennis Pitta finished with five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Ed Dickson had two catches for 59 yards. Dickson's second catch was a 40-yarder he could've taken the distance if he didn't stumble after coming down with the catch.

Offensive line: B-plus

We'll have to see if the Jah Reid move becomes a permanent one as he held up pretty well against Oakland's defensive front. Harbaugh said the plan was to start Bobbie Williams for two series and then put in Reid for as long as they could. But the entire line as a whole did a great job in pass protection throughout. The Raiders did not record a sack and Flacco was hit only four times.

Defensive line: B

Without Haloti Ngata, the defensive line did a fairly good job, though substitution packages had linebackers playing on the line more so than the regular position players. The most any defensive lineman played was Arthur Jones, who played 34 of Baltimore's 75 defensive snaps.

Linebackers: B-plus

DC Dean Pees had his linebackers lining up practically everywhere in sub packages. Courtney Upshaw had a good day both on the edge and at defensive tackle. Albert McClellan played some defensive end as well as linebacker. Paul Kruger did some of the same and came up with two sacks (though one was by default after Carson Palmer fell down.) Kruger also had an interception that he tipped to himself. The outside backers also did a good job against the run, setting a good edge and forcing Oakland to pass the ball 45 times.

Defensive backs: B

Cary Williams continues to improve and he almost came down with his fifth interception of the season on a perfectly played ball. Corey Graham gave up a deep touchdown to Denarius Moore but had a decent game otherwise. Bernard Pollard was hitting better than he has in recent weeks and came up with a sack. Ed Reed didn't have that good of a performance and admitted so after the game. Despite the solid effort, the Ravens defensive backs did give up 368 passing yards, though most of it was due to Oakland trying to get back in the game after getting down early.

Special teams: A

Where to start when it comes to special teams. First there's the fact Sam Koch had a punting average of over 52 yards on four punts. Justin Tucker added two more field goals to his near-perfect season. Koch's seven-yard fake field goal run for a touchdown was a thing of beauty, as was Jacoby Jones' 105-yard kickoff return. Brendon Ayanbadejo also had a fumble recovery on a muffed punt that set up a Torrey Smith touchdown a play later.

Coaching: A-minus

Give a lot of credit to Dean Pees for shaking up the schematics of the defense against Oakland. As mentioned, a lot of players lined up at a lot of different spots to try and create one-on-ones that Baltimore could win. Personnel issues have plagued Baltimore this year and Pees is doing what he can to aid his defense as best as possible. OC Cam Cameron's offense looked the way he likely expected it to this year. The tempo was high and Flacco was on point.

Total game score: 3.4 (B-plus)


Last week: QB: B-minus, RB: B-plus, WR: B, TE: C-plus, OL: B, DL: B-minus, LB: B, DB: B, ST: B-plus, coaching: B. Total game score: 3.0 (B)

Year to date: QB: 2.8, 3.3, WR: 2.8, TE: 2.8, OL: 2.5, DL: 2.1, LB: 2.1, DB: 2.6, ST: 3.5, coaching: 2.8. Total year to date: 2.7 (B-minus).

Here's the scale -- A: 4.0, A-minus: 3.7, B-plus: 3.3, B: 3.0, B-minus: 2.7, C-plus: 2.3, C: 2.0, C-minus: 1.7, D: 1.0, F: 0.

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