BALTIMORE RAVENS' REPORT CARD

Quarterback: C-minus Joe Flacco wasn't sharp overall and rarely challenged the Bengals deep, overthrowing Mark Clayton on one potential touchdown pass. He completed 22 of 31 passes for 186 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown, but 48 yards were on a dump pass to Ray Rice.

Essentially, the Ravens conceded that they couldn't throw to their wide receivers practically at all. Flacco was also intercepted when he telegraphed a throw to Todd Heap, finishing with a 70.1 quarterback rating.

Running back: C-plus
Ray Rice had a strong game, including a 48-yard touchdown catch where he shrugged off linebacker Brandon Johnson. He caught seven passes for 74 yards and rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries. The Ravens failed to involve Willis McGahee (minus-2 yards) and Le'Ron McClain (six yards on two carries).

Receiver: D-plus
The Ravens practically played with nine players on offense. They tried to throw to their wide receivers nine times for four completions for 57 yards. It was an ineffective gambit as two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Derrick Mason had no catches, Mark Clayton caught just three passes for 36 yards despite being thrown to seven times. Tight end Todd Heap caught seven passes for 41 inconsequential yards.

Offensive line: B-minus
Despite being without offensive tackle Jared Gaither due to a neck injury, they allowed just two sacks. Rookie first-round pick Michael Oher stonewalled NFL sacks leader Antwan Odom to no sacks and two tackles. Right tackle Marshal Yanda allowed one sack to Robert Geathers.

Defensive line: D
They didn't generate nearly enough pressure on Carson Palmer, who was sacked once and completed 18 of 31 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Plus, there were big holes for Cedric Benson to rumble through as he became the first running back to rush for over 100 yards in 39 games as he gained 120 yards with a touchdown on 27 physical carries.

Linebacker: C-minus
There was very little pass rush from Terrell Suggs. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had a crucial helmet-to-helmet hit on Chad Ochocinco on the Bengals' game-winning drive. Jarret Johnson had a strong game with six tackles and a sack. In general, Cedric Benson was a step ahead and grinded out yards.

Secondary: C-minus
The grade would have been lower if not for the outstanding individual effort from free safety Ed Reed, who returned an interception for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the open field. Domonique Foxworth was usually unable to stop Chad Ochocinco (seven catches, 94 yards) and also gave up a 73-yard pass to Chris Henry. Frank Walker had a big penalty on the game-winning drive, and Chris Carr lost coverage on Andre Caldwell on the decisive score to Andre Caldwell. The cornerbacks' man coverage continues to be shoddy.

Special teams: B
Punter Sam Koch averaged 45.3 yards. The kick coverage was solid. And Lardarius Webb had a 43-yard return in his first game as the starting kickoff returner.


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