Here’s my “Ravens Report Card” for Sunday’s win:
Joe was very good, but again had a few overthrows. He looked a little unsettled early on, but certainly got things together for another solid performance.
Running Back: B+
I was VERY impressed by Willis McGahee, and again saw glimpses of how dangerous Ray Rice can be when he gets the ball in space. There will be a game this season when the Ravens HAVE to let Ray Rice carry them to victory because nothing else is working. He’ll be ready to do it, too.
Wide Receiver/Tight End: B-
It was good to see the continued development of a trusting relationship between Joe Flacco and Kelley Washington, but where were Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams?
Offensive Line: A-
I get the feeling not everyone was as impressed with the O-Line as I was. I know Michael Oher jumped at one point (which Dan Fouts explained had something to do with the officials) and Matt Birk and Joe Flacco fumbled an early exchange; but I thought Oher, Gaither, and ESPECIALLY Chris Chester were great throughout.
Defensive Line: B
This would be an A+ if they could have gotten better pressure on Phillip Rivers; because NO ONE is running on this group. Trevor Pryce especially needed to be better getting off the edge.
Again, this group would be getting an A+ if they were getting pressure. Ray Lewis himself DOES get an A+.
I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. With more pressure, this would be a better unit. They were put in bad spots yesterday.
Special Teams: B
Hauschka made his only field goal, Sam Koch was good too. But the Ravens gave up some big runs to Darren Sproles, and Chris Carr is still not getting much going in the return game.
Cam Cameron’s scheme was pretty good until late, when I didn’t think we saw enough Le’Ron McClain. Meanwhile, Greg Mattison is still searching for answers defensively.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester says Norv Turner helped Ravens in win
Nestor Aparicio says Ravens proved themselves as ‘Super Bowl contenders’
Glenn Clark re-lives emotions of game as it was played
Rex Snider thinks Ravens could use Chris McAlister
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis finished off win with tackle of Sproles in backfield
The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says 52’s TFL best play of game, Cason’s pick of Flacco worst play of game
The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco threw for 2 more TD’s in win
The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says McGahee rushed for 2 more TD’s in win
Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says Rivers threw for career high 436 yards in loss
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 thought tackle ‘one of the greatest plays of (his) career’
The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to running backs
The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Greg Mattison’s defense should consider going Cover 2, rushing QB more
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Rice tallied 82 yards on day
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Dawan Landry thought he was ‘lucky’ to get first INT since ‘06
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Hauschka made first ‘pressure’ NFL kick Sunday
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ray made other plays on Sunday that were just as good as final tackle
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington said (via Twitter) he thought he played ‘terrible’
The Sun’s Ken Murray says Antwan Barnes added INT in win
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thought 52’s tackle ‘greatest football play (he’s) ever’ seen
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap added TD catch in win over Bolts
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to O-Line, Running Backs, Linebackers
San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner says Chargers settled for Kaeding field goals in all 4 trips to red zone against Ravens
USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ray Lewis’ hit ‘best’ of NFL Week 2
USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Ed Reed thought Ray Lewis Ravens’ ‘firestarter’
Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says 66,882 at Qualcomm Stadium saw one of Ray Lewis’ finest moments
Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says McGahee’s ‘rebirth’ important part of Ravens’ success
SI’s Jay Clemons says McGahee could finish with 10-12 TD’s for Fantasy owners
SI’s Peter King says Cam Cameron thought Ray’s tackle ‘just amazing’
CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Flacco definitely ‘franchise quarterback’
NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Ravens have at least ‘maintained’ playoff level play from last season
NBC Sports’ Mike Florio wonders if Jerry Jones wishes he would have had Ray Lewis Sunday night
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens only undefeated team left in AFC North
ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will ‘open eyes’ after beating quality opponent on road
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds finished season just 2-16 against BoSox after being swept at OPACY
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Tillman takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre vs. David Purcey, Blue Jays
Red Sox Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says 27,546 saw Sox sweep O’s at Camden Yards
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott homered for Birds in loss
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis admits to being ‘in funk’
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jason Berken beat up in loss
Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says ‘few positives’ to be found in Jeremy Guthrie’s season
Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says Ellsbury added 2 run double in win
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Rutgers will come to College Park Saturday 2-1 after win over Florida International
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Friedgen ‘not bothered’ by Byrd Stadium boo birds
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense giving up nearly 40 points per game thus far
Examiner Matthew Bouchard says James Franklin’s offense ‘looks predictable and unimaginative’
The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph didn’t think players ‘into’ game against Blue Raiders
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen admitted to being too ‘emotional’ following loss to MTSU
Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman says ’09 Terps Ralph’s worst team yet
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss to Raiders Maryland’s first home loss to non-BCS team since Ohio in ‘97
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner would have kicked on 4th and 2 as well
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps lost on last second field goal for first time since NC State in ‘94
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph admitted Terps have ‘outside chance’ of getting Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough back for game against Scarlet Knights
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Josh Portis continuing success with California (PA)
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett had most touches for Terps in loss to Raiders
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich drops Terps to 11th in ACC power rankings
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Maryland, Virginia have major problems within programs
Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph thought any one of ’26 plays’ could have gone differently for Maryland to beat Middle Tennessee (must subscribe)
Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers beat Chanticleers Saturday night thanks to success running, stopping run
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-The Orioles got swept again, huh? It’s a good thing Drew Forrester is taking me to Jay-Z, or he’d owe me a hundred Chinese lunches.
Talk to you tomorrow.