Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Baltimore Ravens Report Card

Quarterback: C-minus

Joe Flacco made few throws of any consequence. He completed just 1 of 4 passes during the second quarter as the Ravens totaled only nine yards of total offense. He was intercepted in the fourth quarter by Antoine Bethea and Jarraud Powers with Powers’ pick coming off a dropped pass by Ray Rice. Flacco completed 20 of 35 passes for 189 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 48.4 passer rating.

Running back: C-plus

Ray Rice was bottled up for the most part by a swarming, athletic Colts defense. Because of the nature of the game with the Ravens falling behind and abandoning the run for the most part, he wasn't able to make much of an impact. The Pro Bowl runner also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter and dropped a pass that was intercepted. He rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries, catching nine passes for 60 yards.

Receiver: C-minus

Derrick Mason ceased to be a big factor after the first quarter, finishing with four catches for 64 yards. They didn't generate enough separation to give Joe Flacco clear looks downfield on a consistent basis. The Ravens clearly need to upgrade at wide receiver. Where are Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams when this team needs them?

Offensive line: C

Joe Flacco was sacked just once, but offensive tackle Jared Gaither lost his focus as he committed a false start and a holding penalty during a third-quarter drive. There wasn't enough room for Ray Rice to bust free the way he did last week against the New England Patriots when he rushed for 159 yards and two scores.

Defensive line: C-minus

Peyton Manning had the luxury of far too much time to pick out his receivers. He was never under much duress. They had a viable performance against the run as Joseph Addai rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries before leaving with a shoulder injury. Kelly Gregg, Haloti Ngata and Dwan Edwards played the best upfront.

Linebacker: C

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was flagged for unnecessary roughness, leading to a touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne. Terrell Suggs didn't provide enough of a pass rush on Peyton Manning. Rookie inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was picked on repeatedly by tight end Dallas Clark downfield with the Pro Bowl tight end catching seven passes for 59 yards. The crossing route was a big issue.

Secondary: D

They couldn't match Peyton Manning's precision despite some fairly sound coverage. Ed Reed intercepted two passes, but fumbled away one pick and had the other nullified by Corey Ivy's pass interference penalty.

Special teams: C

Billy Cundiff connected on his only field goal try from 25 yards. Jalen Parmele was solid on kickoff returns. Former Ravens kicker Matt Stover hit field goals from 44 and 33 yards. The Ravens didn’t make any big plays in the kicking game, which could have made the game more competitive. Punter Sam Koch averaged 47.6 yards. Punt returner Chris Carr had three fair catches and no punt return yards.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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