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Mike Preston's report card: Titans 26, Ravens 13

Quarterback:

This was one of

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Joe Flacco

's worst days as a pro. His passes in the flat had no zip, and he even had trouble completing swing passes. He held onto the ball too long at times, and never had any timing with his receivers. Flacco, who threw two interceptions, finished with a quarterback rating of 51.2.

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Grade:

F

Offensive line:

The

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Titans
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had three sacks, but they put constant pressure on Flacco. Right tackle

Michael Oher

returned to old form, and had two false start penalties. Left tackle

Bryant McKinnie

was slow off the ball. Like Flacco, the offensive line had no continuity. This looked like a group that had not practiced for a long period of time.

Grade:

D

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Running backs:

Ray Rice

finished with 43 yards on 13 carries, and appeared to be close to breaking a long one. Rice did a nice job of picking up blitzes in the pass rush. Backup running back

Ricky Williams

played, but wasn't a factor. Rice led the

Ravens

in receiving with five catches for 53 yards.

Grade:

C

Receivers:

Anquan Boldin

finished with three catches for 46 yards. He worked the middle of the field well. But the Ravens didn't get the rest of the receivers into the game plan until late.

Lee Evans

had two catches for 45 yards, but Flacco overthrew him on one bomb. Tight end

Ed Dickson

rebounded after a slow start. The Ravens need to find a tight end that can consistently run block.

Grade:

C-

Defensive line:

Defensive tackle

Terrence Cody

had only two tackles, but gave little ground while being double teamed most of the game. In the first half, fellow defensive tackle

Haloti Ngata

was the best player on the field and finished with six tackles. He also knocked down two passes. Defensive end

Cory Redding

doesn't get a lot of credit, but he always turns in a strong effort. As a group, the Ravens need more of a pass rush.

Grade:

C+

Linebackers:

Inside linebacker

Ray Lewis

had a slow start, but was dominant in the second half. Outside linebacker

Terrell Suggs

played well despite being constantly double teamed. Strongside linebacker Jarret Johson also had a strong game, but it's time for the Ravens to replace

Jameel McClain

with

Dannell Ellerbe

. McClain can't tackle in the open field.

Grade:

B-

Secondary:

The Ravens should just burn the tape of this game.

Grade:

F

Special teams:

Billy Cundiff

converted on field goals of 41 and 29 yards. The Ravens also controlled Tennessee's

Marc Mariani

, one of the better return specialist's in the

NFL

.

David Reed

returned a kickoff 77 yards and punter

Sam Koch

did a great job of handling a bad snap on a field-goal attempt. Now if

Lardarius Webb

can only make up his mind about when to return punts ...

Grade:

B

Coaching:

The Ravens weren't ready to play this game, and some of that has to fall on the coach. They wasted a timeout in the second quarter when they didn't need to, and they showed no sense of urgency in the fourth quarter after falling behind. When the Ravens should have stepped up the tempo and possibly went to a no-huddle, they acted as if they were up by 10 instead of down by 10. Few things in the offensive and defensive game plans seemed to succeed against the Titans. Ravens also should have gone for it instead of kicking a field goal on fourth down late in game.

Grade:

F

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