Baltimore Ravens report card versus Bengals

Quarterback– Joe Flacco was not asked to throw the ball much, but when he did he was nearly perfect.  Flacco went 14-19 for 130 yards and a touchdown pass, it was windy in Cinncinnati which might have had something to do with the play calling.  Flacco threw a perfect ball to Lee Evans on one of the few deep passes but Evans dropped the ball, which ended up being one of Flacco’s few incomplete passes.  Grade A

Running backs– Ray Rice had a monster game breaking two huge runs for touchdowns.  Rice broke a 70-yard touchdown run to set the tone for the game.  Ricky Williams also had a good game averaging 4.7 yards a carry. Grade A

Receivers– The Ravens basically ran a one receiver offense for most of the game.  Evans had a big drop on the one ball he had thrown his way.  Torrey Smith was the only wide receiver to have a reception.  Dennis Pitta led the team in catches with six.  More of a coaching decision than a players not playing well.  Grade C+

Offensive line– The offensive line opened up some monster wholes for Ray Rice and he took advantage.  They only allowed one sack.  Grade B+

Defensive line– The defensive line held Cedric Benson to only 51 yards on the ground.  The team managed one sack but that was because the Bengals put extra guys in to protect Andy Dalton.  Grade B+

Linebackers– Ray Lewis led the team in tackles again with seven.  Terrell Suggs continues to prove why he should be the Defensive Player of the Year, he continued to blow up plays.  Grade B+

Secondary– The Ravens secondary did a good job keeping the Bengals receivers in check.  Dalton finished the game with a 65.7 quarterback rating mostly because he could not find open receivers.  Grade B+

Special teams– Billy Cundiff returned to the Ravens to complete all his extra points and his one field goal.  The coverage teams still need to do better in stopping returns.  Grade B+

Coaching staff– Credit the coaches for taking the Bengals fans out of the game early in the first quarter.  Also blame the coaching staff for letting the Bengals fans back in the game.  Cam Cameron played way too conservatively in the third quarter.  The Ravens need to learn how to go for the throat and take a team all the way out of the game.  Grade B



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