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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-12

Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-12

--CB Chris McAlister was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

--SS Dawan Landry was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. He became the team's third starter on defense to be put on IR (nose tackle Kelly Gregg and cornerback Chris McAlister are the others).

--WR Derrick Mason is questionable for Sunday's game with a dislocated left shoulder. Said coach John Harbaugh: "I'm hopeful. I would say we expect him to play, but we can't say for sure." Yamon Figurs would replace Mason if necessary.

--WR Yamon Figurs returned to being the team's full-time returner, but he made little impact. He had one punt return of 3 yards and averaged 22 yards on three kickoffs.

--OT Willie Anderson is questionable for Sunday's game with a left ankle injury. Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal on Anderson's status. Adam Terry would replace Anderson at right tackle if necessary.

--OT Adam Terry might start at right tackle if Willie Anderson doesn't recover from a left ankle injury.

--RB Le'Ron McClain seems to be getting phased out as far as number of carries. He only had four carries (his second-lowest total of the season) for 19 yards.

--LB Ray Lewis had two interceptions against Houston, his first multiple-interception game in seven seasons.


PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Joe Flacco's statistics suggest he had a solid yet not spectacular game. He completed 15 of 23 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. But it's when he produced that underscored his role in the Ravens' highest scoring day in three seasons. He threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Yamon Figurs only a couple of plays after his leading receiver (Derrick Mason) got hurt. Flacco then connected with TE Todd Heap for a 1-yard touchdown pass after the Texans had closed to within 19-13 in the third quarter.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- After sitting out the previous game with an injured ankle, Willis McGahee returned to the lineup running harder than he has all season. He finished with 112 yards and two touchdowns. It's just the second time this season that he has cracked 100 yards. He also averaged 4.5 yards a carry, his second-best average in any game this season.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The Ravens took advantage of some poor passes by Sage Rosenfels, intercepting him four times. Ray Lewis had two interceptions, but both passes were thrown right to him. After missing the past six games with a neck injury, CB Samari Rolle made an interception. The best pick came from DT Haloti Ngata, who intercepted Rosenfels in the end zone. The Ravens have to do a better job with defending in the middle. They allow too many passes down the seam.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus -- The Ravens weren't as dominating as in previous games. The Texans' running back by committee gained 75 yards and averaged 4.7 yards a carry. But the Ravens didn't let anyone break loose for a gain longer than 12 yards. It's the 28th straight game that the Ravens didn't allow a 100-yard rusher, the longest current streak in the NFL.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- A week after struggling in Cleveland, the Ravens' coverage teams contained the Texans. Dangerous PR Jacoby Jones had no impact, making two fair catches. Sam Koch placed three of four punts inside the 20-yard line. Kickoff specialist Steve Hauschka connected on a 54-yarder, but Matt Stover missed on a 50-yarder.

COACHING: A -- The Ravens have won three straight road games for the first time since 2001 because coach John Harbaugh keeps this team focused. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron remained aggressive in his play-calling and got Heap (five catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns) involved. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan confused Rosenfels all game.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 12, 2008

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Chris McAlister Name: Chris McAlister
Position: CB
Age: 31
Experience: 10 years
College: Arizona
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