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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-21


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-21
PLAYER NOTES


--WR Derrick Mason remains the top target for QB Joe Flacco. He caught a team-high six passes, which was more than one-third of Flacco's completions.

--RB Willis McGahee could have a growing impact in the passing game. He had two catches for 47 yards, including a 35-yard gain on a screen pass. The Ravens have wanted McGahee to develop into an every-down back.

--RB Le'Ron McClain had a limited role because the Ravens went with the hotter back in Willis McGahee. McClain gained 17 yards on six carries.

--TE Todd Heap continues to have a minimal impact in the passing attack. He had three catches for 29 yards, which could be typical numbers for him the rest of the season.

--K Matt Stover seems to be getting back on track. After missing three of his first seven attempts, he has connected on three straight, including a 47-yarder Sunday.

REPORT CARD VS. DOLPHINS

PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- Rookie QB Joe Flacco bounced back after two poor outings with an efficient effort. He was 17-for-23 for 232 yards and one touchdown against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. Flacco got lucky in the second quarter, when Miami CB Will Allen dropped a would-be interception around the goal line. One play later, Flacco hit WR Derrick Mason for an 11-yard touchdown. Mason caught six of Flacco's 23 completions.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- RB Willis McGahee continued his longstanding success in games played at Dolphin Stadium. He gained 105 yards rushing, the first time he broke 100 yards since his game last season at Miami. He also scored his first touchdown of the season. McGahee's success limited the workload of Le'Ron McClain, who had 17 yards on six carries. It was a solid effort for an offensive line that was missing two starters on the right side, G Marshal Yanda and T Adam Terry.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The Ravens did an admirable job with a secondary that was without two injured starters (Samari Rolle and Dawan Landry) and with another starter on the sideline for most of the game (Chris McAlister). LB Terrell Suggs picked off Chad Pennington in the second quarter and had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown, the first score in his six-year career. But the Ravens once again didn't get a consistent rush on the quarterback, finishing with one sack and one quarterback hit.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Whether it was the Dolphins' regular offense or their "Wildcat" formation, the Ravens had no problem solving Miami's running game. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown had 27 yards, 13 of which came on one run. He had 14 yards on his other 12 carries. DT Haloti Ngata continues to be dominant up front. Ray Lewis led the Ravens with 10 tackles. Five Ravens had one tackle for a loss.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus -- Sam Koch placed all three punts inside the 20-yard line, averaging 59 yards. Matt Stover converted both field goals, hitting from 47 and 28 yards. After giving up a 31-yard kickoff return early, the Ravens were solid on their coverage teams.

COACHING: B -- There was some vindication for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who was playing the Dolphins for the first time since being fired as their head coach last season. He put together a run-heavy attack that grinded out drives of 72, 67, 68 and 57 yards. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan solved the Dolphins' trendy "Wildcat" offense. He also hid a vulnerable secondary that played most of the game without three starters.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 21, 2008

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