Ravens report card versus the Lions: The Defense and Special Teams

88px-Jimmy_smith_2011_stadium_practiceI know Wednesday is late for a report card but the Ravens played Monday Night and I did not want to post both of them in one day.  If you missed the report card on the offense go here.  Some fun trivia a defensive lineman, linebacker and a defensive back had an interception in this game.
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Ravens report card versus the Lions: The offense

97px-Joe_Flacco_(cropped)The Baltimore Ravens beat the Detroit Lions 18 to 16 in a game in which the Ravens needed to stay in the playoff picture.  Now the Ravens control their own destiny.  The Ravens did not score a touchdown but did move the ball well in a hostile environment and against a really good defense.

Quarterback: Joe Flacco is one tough guy, even after having his knee hit he was able to complete big throws when he Ravens needed him to.  Flacco completed 20 out of 38 of his passes for 222 yards.  Flacco also ran for 13 yards and did not turn the ball over.  Grade B+

Running backs:  Ray Rice is slowly improving health wise and it is showing on the field.  Rice averaged 4.7 yards per carry, it would have been nice to see him have more than one reception.  Bernard Pierce had 21 yards rushing on seven carries.  Grade B
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