Baltimore Ravens’ Week 4 Offensive Grades
Joe Flacco had his ups and downs against the Browns. He threw an absolutely dreadful interception in the end zone early in the game, then didn’t commit a turnover the rest of the game. The interception was awful in that the Ravens didn’t get any points and also the fact that the interception itself was horrendous. Flacco clearly didn’t see Browns’ linebacker Craig Robertson, as he threw the ball right to Robertson as Anquan Boldin was blanketed by cornerback Dimitri Patterson anyway. It was a ball that shouldn’t have been thrown and it kept the game scoreless after the Ravens recovered a Josh Cribbs fumble at the Browns’ 40-yard-line. Flacco did throw for 356 yards and a nice 18-yard touchdown pass, but he left you wanting more at home against a Brown’s passing defense that ranked 27th in the league.
Running Backs: C-
Ray Rice had his worst game this season, and was not only outplayed by Browns’ rookie running back Trent Richardson, but also by teammate Bernard Pierce. Rice averaged a mere 2.7 yards-per-carry totaling 49 yards. Rice also had eight catches for 47 yards, but with only 96 all-purpose yards against a 25th-ranked Browns’ defense, it was a brutal overall day for Rice. Pierce meanwhile had one less yard rushing than Rice, but his 48 yards came on only six carries. His robust eight yards-per-carry made Rice’s night look even worse.
Wide Receivers: A
Boldin was an absolute beast as he reeled in nine catches for 131 yards. He had three beautiful grabs in the Ravens’ first second-half drive. Those three grabs went for 18, 21 and 21 yards as Boldin looked like the dominant possession receiver he was in his glory days. He really stepped up when Torrey Smith left the game in the second half with a right ankle sprain. Smith had another big game before leaving with the injury, as he had six catches for 97 yards and caught Flacco’s only passing touchdown of the game. Rookie receiver Tandon Doss also chipped in with a 39-yard reception.
Tight Ends: F
Dennis Pitta came crashing down to Earth on Thursday night, as he had no catches. More surprisingly was that he was only targeted twice. Pitta committed more penalties than he had catches so that is always a bad sign. Ed Dickson was non-existent as well, as he didn’t even get a single target as his miserable season continues.
Offensive Line: D+
Yes Flacco threw for 300+ yards again, but that was about it for the positives for the O-Line. Flacco was sacked a season-high four times, as he faced pressure for most of the night. The line did a poor job opening up holes for Rice as he also had his worst game of the season. Considering how poorly ranked the Browns’ defense was coming into the game, the O-Line had a night to forget
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