Monday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

November 02, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Ravens Report Card:

Quarterback: B+

If we were grading the 2nd half, it would be an A+. Joe was BRILLIANT in the 2nd half, even if he wasn’t trying to throw the ball particularly far downfield.

Running Backs: A-

LOVED seeing Cam Cameron go to Le’Ron McClain in the 2nd half. That’s how this team needs to finish off football games.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: B

It wasn’t an overly impressive statistical performance, but these guys were big when they needed to be. Kelley Washington continues to make plays on 3rd down, and Mark Clayton made an awesome catch on the sideline.

Offensive Line: A

Did anyone even hear Elvis Dumervil’s name all day? Neither did I. Another great performance, this team is really special with Gaither and Oher together.

Defensive Line: A-

They got pressure, and they limited what Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter were able to do. What else can we ask for?

Linebackers: A

Jarret Johnson was AWESOME. The rest of the unit was really good too.

Secondary: A

Who would have thought?

Special Teams: A+

Great day for everyone, really.

Coaching: A

Clearly the bye week was big for the entire staff.

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens’ win over Broncos wasn’t “must”, but close

Drew Forrester says win over Broncos proves Ravens ‘are back’

Keith Melchior wasn’t happy with Mishael Miller’s national anthem

And from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens snapped 3 game losing streak with win over Denver

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata suffered ankle injury, x-rays were negative

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka bounced back from late miss against Vikings with big day in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb returned opening kick of 2nd half for TD in Ravens win

The Official Site says Harbaugh continued to be impressed by Ray Rice in win

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Oher, Gaither provide ‘great tandem’ for Ravens at OT

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Mark Clayton’s leaping catch caught eyes

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington had solid coverage for Ravens in win

Denver Broncos Official Site’s Zach Eisendrath says Kyle Orton threw for 152 yards in loss

Denver Broncos Official Site’s Gray Caldwell says Josh McDaniels knows Broncos will have to look at themselves ‘in mirror’ after loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco tied team record by connecting on 80 percent of passes in win

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Derrick Mason’s early flare-up part of ‘attitude’ Ravens brought to game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jerry Rosburg’s special teams unit had big day in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins traded jerseys (World Cup-style) after game

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Frank Walker was deactivated for Sunday’s game

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives high praise to LB’s, secondary, special teams in win

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Harbs was working the crowd in 2nd half

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says officials missed more calls in Ravens’ win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jarret Johnson’s early sack set tone for entire win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to Special Teams in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Nakamura strained stomach muscle in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Ravens’ win ‘arguably best performance of John Harbaugh era’

Carroll County Times’ Ryan Chell says Jared Gaither, O-Line came up big against Dumervil, Broncos

The AP says Ravens moved within a game of Steelers, Bengals for first place in AFC North with win

Denver Post’s Mike Klis says Broncos won’t be matching ’72 Dolphins after suffering first loss

USA Today’s Jarrett Bell says Derrick Mason, Ray Rice scored big 2nd half TD’s in win

SI’s Don Banks says Greg Mattison ‘finally hit his stride’ in replacing Rex Ryan

SI’s Peter King says Ravens in stretch where they’re playing 7 first place teams in 8 weeks

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Ravens went away from Champ Bailey in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Ray Lewis warned rest of NFL last night after win

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says November will ‘make or break’ Ravens

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens got pressure with  front four

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens didn’t give up play bigger than 23 yards all day

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Oher knows Dumervil amongst best in NFL

Fanhouse/AOL Sports’ Kevin Blackistone says Ravens ‘exposed’ Broncos

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens kept Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal in front of them

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52 knows everything ‘in front of’ Ravens

Talk to you later today from Owings Mills.

-G

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