Mike Preston's report card: Ravens vs. Buccaneers

SportsFootballHuman InterestBaltimore RavensTampa Bay BuccaneersJoe FlaccoChris Carr

Quarterback

Joe Flacco had a strong first half but did very little in the second. It has become typical of Flacco: hot for two quarters, cool for the other two. Those two touchdown passes were well-thrown, but Flacco gets a lot of yards going to his check-down receivers. If that's what works, then stick with it. Grade: B

Running backs

Ray Rice had 85 yards on 20 carries but also caught seven passes for 47 yards. He was a major factor late in the game. The loss of fullback Le'Ron McClain to an ankle injury could be a major loss if he isn't ready for the Pittsburgh game. Grade: B

Offensive line

In the second half, this group was basically without two starters in left tackle Michael Oher and right guard Chris Chester. Overall, the offensive line turned in a solid game, but Flacco was sacked four times, three of those because of the line. Grade: C

Receivers

Tampa Bay bracketed Anquan Boldin, but they couldn't single-cover Derrick Mason, who did strong work underneath and had eight catches for 87 yards. T.J. Houshmandzadeh set the tone early with two big catches, and tight end Todd Heap had two catches, one for a 65-yard touchdown. Grade: C+

Defensive line

The Buccaneers had 101 rushing yards, but a lot of those came in passing situations. When it came time to man up, Tampa Bay was no match for the Ravens. Tackles Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata had strong games, and end Cory Redding was consistent with pressure. Grade: B

Linebackers

Inside linebacker Ray Lewis had 12 tackles and has become one of the Ravens' top pass rushers. Strong-side linebacker Jarret Johnson has played extremely well the past two weeks and was a pass-rushing threat. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs finished with five tackles, and inside linebacker Jameel McClain started strong but faded down the stretch. Grade: B

Secondary

The Buccaneers have a conservative passing game even though they'll take some shots downfield. The Ravens, though, smothered most of those routes, and safety Ed Reed controlled and dominated the middle of the field inside the red zone. Cornerback Chris Carr turned in another consistent game. Grade: B

Special teams

David Reed averaged 25 yards on two kickoff returns, but he shouldn't be coming out 6 yards deep in the end zone. The Ravens also gave up a 37-yard kickoff return to Micheal Spurlock. Billy Cundiff converted on his only field-goal attempt, and Sam Koch averaged 43.6 yards on seven punts. He was a major weapon. Grade: C+

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