Ravens fans got reason to be excited and looking for more things to come. Doc Martin's grades:
QB Joe Flacco A
16 of 24, 171 pass yards, 0 TD. 0 INT. Numbers don't teell the whole story. key stat No Turnovers. Joe played very good, calm and poised as usual. Despite having to start in bad field position most of the 1st half, he managed to move the offense against very good defense. Joe showed his tougness on plays where got hit. Still would like to see TD pass or two, but needs help from his receivers.
O-LINE (A-) after taking another look correction to B-
Our O-line was great for most of.the game. The protection for Flacco was good. They all deserve A, except McKinnie who had 2 same penalties on the.same.drive, other than that he was good. Texans front seven are one of the.best and our guys did outstanding job. We still need to improve blocks for our running game.
RB & FB Bernard Pierce A- S.Draughn N/A Vomta Leach A+
Our running game lwas not effective. It looked as stuck in 1st gear, got little.better in 2nd half. Pierce was grinding some tough yards and got TD. Still, on some plays it seems he.could choose different lane and get more yards, which only happened on one play good for 18 yds. 24 for 65 yds is decent. Draughn had one decent.run and return. We need to get more production here. Leach was Ouitstanding again. 8 tough yards on the ground, 2 catches for 11, a lot of blocks and plows through, great game.
WRs T.Smith A B.Stokley B- M.Brown B-
Smith clearly the.best WR with 5 catches for 92 yds, still could have more on questionable "no catch?" call, Was Joe's primary target and played well against good defense. Stokley only had 1 catch for 1st down, M.Brown two catches for 6 yds, coverage was.tight, but we expected little more.from.both.
TEs D.Clark B E.Dickson N/A Bajema N/A
Clark had 4 catches 46 yds and one drop, playe good. It seems he made improvement in catching passes from Joe, and this was clearly his best game so far.
Dickson had no catch. Dickson was there blocking for few plays, but besides that him and Bajema were no factor all day. Maybe its time to give Jusczyk a chance.
Ngata, A.Jones, Spears all of them great game. With Canty out there was little concern but Spears played great. Subs Cody and McPhee played well too.
OLBs T.Suggs A++ E.Dumervil A++ C.Upshaw A+
All of them just OUTSTANDING. In combination with O-line in putting pressure on QB, sacks and limiting their running game to minimum, for the whole game, overall just PHENOMENAL.
ILBs D.Smith A++ J.Bynes A
D.Smith is just turning.into Pro Bowl caliber player, what a.game! Led the.team in tackles, his INT for TD changed the game momentum. Bynes also great game, both had impact on stopping Texans run game.
SAFETIES J.Ihedigbo .A+ M.Elam A+
We needed great play from.our safeties.and we got it. Ihedigbo was all over the.field. Awesome performance.
CBs L.Webb A J.Smith A C.Graham A
Very pleased with our secondary this week. They kept everything in front of.them and didn't allow any big play.
Very good game by all of them.
SPECIAL TEAMS A++
T.Doss finally broke.the.lomg one for great.TD.and Tucker bounced back with 3 FGs. Job well done.
Edited by DocMartin, 24 September 2013 - 07:11 AM.