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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-24


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-24
PLAYER NOTES


--RB Ray Rice could play Sunday after missing the past two games with a bruised calf. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he was optimistic about Rice's chances of playing.

--WR Derrick Mason is expected to play despite re-injuring his left shoulder. He has not missed a game because of injury since 2002.

--K Matt Stover has made 13 consecutive field goals after missing five of his first 17 attempts.

--SS Jim Leonhard is expected to remain the team's primary punt returner. He has averaged 12.2 yards on 19 returns this season.

--LB Terrell Suggs has 3 1/2 sacks in his past four games. He leads the Ravens with eight this season.

REPORT CARD VS. COWBOYS

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- After getting sacked five times in the first half, QB Joe Flacco continued to show great patience. He delivered some of his best throws in weeks. WR Derrick Mason re-injured his shoulder and left the game three times, but he finished as the team's leading receiver with six catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-plus -- The Ravens finished with 265 yards rushing, the third most in team history. Most of the damage was done in the fourth quarter, when the game was still close. Willis McGahee broke a 77-yard touchdown, his longest run of the season. Then, on the Ravens' next play from scrimmage, Le'Ron McClain scored on an 82-yard run (the longest run by a visiting back in Texas Stadium history).

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Once again, the Ravens secondary held up for three quarters but struggled in the fourth. When Samari Rolle sprained his foot and left the game, CB Frank Walker replaced him and hurt the Ravens at times. The Ravens got solid pressure from their linebackers, especially Ray Lewis.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Surprisingly, Dallas had success running inside and straight up the field against DTs Haloti Ngata and Justin Bannan. But they never let the Cowboys control the game and dictate the pace. Dallas rookie RB Tashard Choice carried the ball 17 times for 90 yards, which was the second most allowed to a player by the Ravens defense this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- The Ravens converted a fourth-and-6 in the second half with a fake field goal. Matt Stover converted four field goals. P Sam Koch continues to pin teams inside the 20-yard line. Jim Leonhard has solidified himself as the Ravens' punt returner.

COACHING: A -- The Baltimore coaches planted the idea that the Cowboys handpicked the Ravens for the final game at Texas Stadium. The players came out focused and mad. The coaching staff showed that it played to win, especially on that fake field goal. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron stayed committed to the run, which wore the Cowboys down in the fourth quarter.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 24, 2008

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Derrick Mason Name: Derrick Mason
#85
Position: WR
Age: 34
Experience: 12 years
College: Michigan State
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