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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-03


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-03
PLAYER NOTES


--WR Mark Clayton became the first non-quarterback in Ravens history to throw a touchdown pass, hitting Derrick Mason for a 32-yard score in the 34-3 rout of the Bengals.

--OT Jared Gaither injured his ankle Sunday but only missed a few plays before returning. His sprained shoulder remains the bigger concern, coach John Harbaugh said.

--RB Le'Ron McClain has become the team's leading rusher (545 yards) and scorer with seven touchdowns (six rushing and one receiving).

--K Matt Stover has made five consecutive field goals after missing two in a row. He is 17-for-22 on the season.

--RB Willis McGahee did not receive a carry last Sunday, but coach John Harbaugh didn't rule out playing him this week against the Redskins. Said Harbaugh: "We really like Willis McGahee. We think he is a really good player. We plan on Willis being a huge part of what we're doing in December."

REPORT CARD VS. BENGALS

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- WR Mark Clayton became the first non-quarterback in Ravens history to throw a touchdown pass, hitting Derrick Mason for a 32-yard score. He also finished with 164 yards receiving, the third-biggest day ever by a Ravens wide receiver. Joe Flacco showed some nice touch on his long passes, throwing for a season-best 280 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- It was a methodical effort for the ground game. Le'Ron McClain made his first start at tailback this season and pounded away at the Bengals for 86 yards on 25 carries. Cincinnati wanted no part of trying to tackle him head on. Ray Rice had 11 carries for 41 yards. Surprisingly, Willis McGahee suited up but didn't play a snap.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- It was a solid game, although the Ravens weren't challenged much. When Bengals receivers got open, they couldn't hold onto the ball. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick got several balls batted down because the Ravens got their hands up in the throwing lanes. DE Trevor Pryce was dominant.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Ravens manhandled the Bengals' offensive line. Cedric Benson was limited to 17 yards on 10 carries, a 1.7-yard average. LB Ray Lewis had seven tackles, and Bart Scott had five.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Matt Stover made field-goal attempts of 27 and 21 yards, and P Sam Koch averaged 47.3 yards, with a long of 56. The Ravens still need to improve at covering kicks and punts, but there are signs of improvement.

COACHING: A -- The Ravens remain extremely focused under first-year coach John Harbaugh. Baltimore is 6-0 against teams with losing records because Harbaugh doesn't allow his players to overlook anybody. Cam Cameron keeps putting creative wrinkles into the game plan. This time, he had Clayton taking the ball on a reverse and throwing a touchdown pass to Derrick Mason.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 3, 2008

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