Ravens report card: 11/27/2017

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Houston Texans 23 to 16 in prime time on Monday Night Football.  

Quarterback: Flacco had a decent game, what was impressive is the rebirth of Flacco in the running game.  Flacco had some crucial runs and ended the game with a long 25 yard run.  Flacco had 42 rushing yards and 141 passing yards and no turnovers.  Grade B

Running backs: Buck Allen and Alex Collins both had rushing touchdowns. Alex Collins was the Ravens feature back and had 60 yards rushing.  Danny Woodhead was again big with four receptions and four carries.  All three running backs played well when the offensive line game them running lanes.  Grade B

Receivers: Mike Wallace was Flacco’s best target against the Texans.  Wallace had five receptions for 48.  Chris Moore was the Ravens second best receiver and made a big play on a fake punt.  Right end Ben Watson also had three big receptions.  Jeremy Maclin was targeted a five times but only had one reception for just six yards.  Breshad Perriman was back active and did not have a reception.  Grade C+

Offensive Lineman: The offensive line played pretty well, having left tackle Ronnie Stanley really helped.  The line only allowed one sack against a still good Texans pass rush.  The line could have been better at run blocking.  Grade B

Defensive line: The defensive line allowed only 66 rushing yards.  Terrell Suggs had two crucial sacks.  The defensive line continues to get better.  Grade B

Linebackers: CJ Mosley put on a show with 12 tackles.  Matthew Judon was silent but did have a tackle for loss.  The linebackers all played well.  Grade B

Secondary: Jimmy Smith got beat a few times which does not happen often.  The Ravens allowed DeAndre Hopkins  to have seven receptions for 125 yards.  The Ravens did however did have two interceptions.  Anthony Levine had his first career interception and Tony Jefferson had his first interception as a Raven.  The Ravens held Tom Savage to a 57.5 quarterback rating.  Grade B

Special Teams: Justin Tucker was perfect going three for three on field goals including a 53 yard field goal.  Tucker was two for two on extra point attempts.  Sam Koch stole the show however with yet another first down pass to Chris Moore.  Moore also had 50 kick return yards.  Grade A+++

Coaching staff: The offensive still is not firing on all cylinders and the defense was not perfect.  The Ravens beat a decent team at home on prime time.  Grade C

Overall: Good team win, special teams are the Ravens best unit.  The Ravens won the turnover battle which was a key to this game.  Grade B

Brian Hradsky

The owner of MSB, I created this website while in college and it has never died.

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