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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-08

Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-08

--WR Derrick Mason has a left thumb injury, but coach John Harbaugh said he "should be fine. He's going through some bumps and bruises. He's going to spend a little time in treatment this week."

--OT Adam Terry has a right knee sprain, but coach John Harbaugh is optimistic. "We think he'll be able to play next week," Harbaugh said. Willie Anderson would replace Terry.

--CB Fabian Washington sprained his shoulder, but coach John Harbaugh is "somewhat optimistic" that he'll play against the Colts. "He felt pretty good (Monday) morning," Harbaugh said. Frank Walker would replace him.

--RB Le'Ron McClain continues to lead the Ravens in carries (266), rushing yards (266) and touchdowns (four). He'll continue to get a lot of scoring chances despite backing up Willis McGahee.

--TE Todd Heap had more catches Sunday (four) than he had in his previous three games combined (three). But Heap is still not the factor many expected him to be. He remains an extra blocker on at least half of the Ravens' passing plays.


PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus -- Rookie QB Joe Flacco threw two interceptions while running to his right. The final one ended the Ravens' chances in the final two minutes of the game. There have been increasing questions about his vision when rolling out. Flacco did distribute the ball better than in previous weeks.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- The Ravens ran the ball 38 times for 132 yards, but they weren't as successful when the Titans used run blitzes in the fourth quarter. Willis McGahee, who finished his first game of the season, looked as if he slowed down late. Le'Ron McClain scored his fourth touchdown of the season and is nearly automatic around the goal line.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Ravens failed to get a sack on Kerry Collins, who kept the defense off balance with three-step drops. The Ravens are missing CB Samari Rolle (neck surgery), and it showed late. After starting the game 11-for-22 for 101 yards, Collins went 6-for-10 for 62 yards on the decisive drive. The roughing-the-passer penalty on Terrell Suggs was questionable, and it gave the Titans a critical first down.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The defensive line dominated up front and limited speedy RB Chris Johnson to 44 yards on 18 carries. The linebackers, especially Ray Lewis, were extremely physical and set the tone. The Ravens haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 23 straight games, which leads the NFL.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Matt Stover was wide right on a 45-yard field goal, a miss that was magnified in a three-point loss. The punt coverage team allowed a 33-yard return to Chris Carr. Ravens returner Yamon Figurs was a non-factor.

COACHING: C -- The personal fouls are beginning to stack up, which doesn't reflect well on coach John Harbaugh's discipline. With a small lead, the offense became too conservative in the second half. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron should have mixed in more passes with the runs.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 8, 2008

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