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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-19


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-19
PLAYER NOTES


--RB Willis McGahee is expected to start after leaving Sunday's game late with an ankle injury. "I think Willis' ankle is OK," coach John Harbaugh said.

--OT Jared Gaither (right shoulder) might miss his first start of the season. To replace Gaither, Adam Terry likely would shift from right to left tackle.

--OT Adam Terry might make his first start at left tackle since October 2007. He would replace injured Jared Gaither.

--RT Willie Anderson might be able to start after missing his first game of the season with an ankle injury. "It didn't hurt him at all not playing in the game," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "The biggest thing we were concerned about was a setback in this game. So, he has a chance to come back."

--WR Yamon Figurs has only one catch in three games as the Ravens' No. 3 wide receiver.

REPORT CARD VS. GIANTS

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Joe Flacco continues to struggle against top-notch defenses. He threw two interceptions, ending his streak at 124 passes without a pick. His second interception ricocheted off Derrick Mason and was returned 50 yards for a touchdown, increasing the Ravens' deficit to 27-10 late in the third quarter. The rookie quarterback was 20-for-33 for 164 yards, and he finished as the Ravens' leading rusher (57 yards on six runs). Mason led the Ravens in receiving (seven catches for 82 yards) despite not practicing all week with an injured shoulder.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- All that needs to be said is Flacco was the team's leading rusher. The Ravens' running back by committee took turns flopping. Willis McGahee and Ray Rice both averaged less than 3 yards a carry. When it came to running the ball, the Ravens' line was manhandled by the Giants up front. New York got penetration and cut off the running backs before they got to the holes.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Ravens failed to get pressure on the quarterback, which made the coverage look bad at times. They finished with one sack and five quarterback hits. Plaxico Burress ran free at times, catching three passes for 47 yards. The Ravens picked off one pass, but Eli Manning threw it right to Ray Lewis.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- As DE Trevor Pryce said, the Ravens were "thumped" up front by the Giants. Facing the NFL's top-ranked rushing attack, the Ravens didn't look like the league's top run defense. The Ravens allowed 207 yards rushing -- the third most in the team's 13-year history. It's the most given up by the Ravens since Pittsburgh ran for 214 yards on Oct. 5, 1997.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Matt Stover's rocky season continued when he had a 32-yard field goal blocked in the first quarter. It was recovered at the Ravens 33-yard line and led to the Giants' second touchdown of the game. Stover had made 37 straight field goals from inside 40 yards. Sam Koch wasn't his usual stellar self, averaging 31.3 yards a punt. Yamon Figurs is a disappointment as a return specialist.

COACHING: C -- This loss was more on the players than the coaching staff. The Baltimore defenders were in position but just didn't make the plays. It was one of the worst tackling efforts in years by the Ravens. On offense, the Ravens couldn't get their usually strong running attack going because the line was getting pushed around by the Giants.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 19, 2008

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