BALTIMORE RAVENS' REPORT CARD

Quarterback: A-minus A sharp, accurate Joe Flacco spread the football around and delivered a career-high four touchdown passes. His touch on deep passes was markedly improved, and he used the middle of the field for a change with tight end Todd Heap to full advantage. 

He also utilized some different receivers, including Demetrius Williams, with Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington out with injuries. Flacco had no interceptions, completing 21 of 29 passes for 234 yards and a career-high 135.6 passer rating. He eventually cooled off, but the game was already in hand.

Running back: B
Ray Rice slashed and dashed for some significant first-half yards with 76 gained by halftime on seven carries. He wasn't quite as elusive as last week when he rushed for a career-high 166 yards. He finished with 87 rushing yards on 16 carries. The Ravens should have run the ball more after building a commanding lead.

Receiver: A-minus
Playing without Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington, the Ravens went back to an old reliable in former Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap. Heap caught two touchdown passes. Demetrius Williams caught his first touchdown pass of the season as he got a rare start. As usual, Derrick Mason was a factor with one touchdown catch in the second half as well as the 850th reception of his career in the first half. He caught six passes for 87 yards.

Offensive line: B-minus
With rookie Michael Oher lining up at left tackle again with Jared Gaither out with a foot injury and Oniel Cousins starting his second NFL game at right tackle, the Ravens didn't allow a single sack. The run blocking was solid with big enough holes for Ray Rice to rumble through.

Defensive line: C-plus
Their best moment was a key goal-line stand in the first half to shut down the Bears on a first-and-goal from the four-yard line. Overall, there wasn't quite enough pressure on Jay Cutler. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had a big fumble recovery in the third quarter to set up a score. Nose guard Kelly Gregg notched a sack. The Ravens need to toughen up against the run.

Linebacker: B-minus
Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson turned in an acrobatic interception, deflecting a Jay Cutler pass to himself. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was credited with nine tackles and also recorded the Ravens' first sack, but wasn't as active and aggressive as the team needs him to be. They slowed down Matt Forte after his productive first half. He finished with 69 yards on 20 carries.

Secondary: A-minus
Cornerback Domonique Foxworth started the game on a strong note with an interception on the fourth play from scrimmage, and he followed that up with a second interception in the fourth quarter. Strong safety Dawan Landry contained tight end Greg Olsen. Rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb had a big tackle on a third down stop before injuring his knee and didn't return. Tom Zbikowski held up well in his third start in place of an injured Ed Reed. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw three interceptions, completing just 10 of 27 passes for 94 yards, no scores and three interceptions.

Special teams: D-minus
It was a substandard outing overall. They allowed a punt return for a touchdown for the first time since Jan. 6, 2006. Long snapper Matt Katula's high snap triggered a missed field goal from kicker Billy Cundiff. The high point was defensive back Cary Williams' forced fumble on a kickoff with David Tyree recovering the loose football to set up a touchdown. The Ravens gave up 19 yards per punt return, 21.2 yards per kickoff return. They nearly gave up a blocked punt.


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