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Ravens report card: Ravens vs. Bengals

Quarterback

D

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Joe Flacco

threw four interceptions. Enough said.

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Running backs

A

Halfback Ray Rice ran 16 times for 87 yards, but he touched the ball only 8 times per half. When Flacco is having a bad day, Rice,

Willis McGahee

and

Le'Ron McClain

need to carry the load. Rice was the

Ravens

' offense.

Offensive line

C-

This group is good when the

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run the ball and use a lot of play action. But once they get behind and become predictable, a lot of weaknesses are exposed. The Ravens gained a lot of yards on the left side, but the right side has to do a better job on running plays. Flacco was hurried eight different times.

Receivers

D+

Anquan Boldin had five catches for 35 yards, and tight end

Todd Heap

had four for 35 yards, but there was little separation by the receivers. The Ravens didn't challenge the Bengals much down the field, and were content to stay to the outside, which did result in a

Derrick Mason

's 31-yard touchdown reception. T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropped three passes.

Defensive line

A

Tackle

Haloti Ngata

was excellent, and finished with eight tackles, second best on the team. Tackle

Kelly Gregg

also had a strong game in run defense with five tackles. Both ends,

Trevor Pryce

and Cory Redding, turned in solid games: Grade: A.

Linebackers

A

Because of turnovers, the Ravens were put in some bad positions, but this group still dominated.

Ray Lewis

had 10 tackles and

Terrell Suggs

had four and several hurries.

Jarret Johnson

was strong against the run.

Secondary

B

This group played well against one of the better receiving corps in the

NFL

. If Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had been a bit more accurate, the Bengals could have done some damage. But cornerbacks

Chris Carr

and

Fabian Washington

played well, and safety

Dawan Landry

played a good center field.

Special teams

B

Kicker Billy Cundiff got great distance on his kickoffs, and he also added a 38-yard field goal. Tom Zbikowski was still a little shaky on punt returns, but Jalen Parmele averaged 30.7 yards on three kickoffs. The Ravens, though, gave up a big kickoff return late in the game, which led to a Bengals field goal. Punt coverage was good.

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