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Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position-grades for Ravens’ 34-20 loss to Chiefs | COMMENTARY

Here’s how the Ravens graded out at each position after Monday’s 32-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Here’s how the Ravens graded out at each position after a 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

Quarterback

Lamar Jackson still has to prove he can beat Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in a big game. Kansas City did a good job of shutting down Jackson and the Ravens' short passing offense, especially over the middle. Jackson was erratic in the first half but made some plays with his legs in the second as the Ravens tried to rally. Grade: C-

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Running backs

The Ravens got very little from starter Mark Ingram II or backup J.K. Dobbins. Gus Edwards seemed to provide a spark in the second half with some straight runs up the middle, just as he did nearly a week ago against Houston. The Ravens might want to play him more because he has been the most successful of the trio. Because the Chiefs controlled the ball most of the first half, the Ravens were forced to get away from the running game. Grade: B

Receivers

The Ravens dropped too many passes, especially tight ends Nick Boyle and Mark Andrews. If the Ravens are going to open up the offense, they need to get more passes downfield to speedsters such as Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay. The Chiefs sat on a lot of the Ravens' short to intermediate crossing routes. Grade: D

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Offensive line

The pass protection in the first half was poor, and the Ravens tackles, Orlando Brown Jr. and Ronnie Stanley, had trouble handling the Chiefs’ speed off the edge. They improved in the second half but wore down in the fourth quarter. This group is not very good in pass protection. The Ravens need to get a lead for this group to dominate. Grade: C

Secondary

The Ravens got exposed every way imaginable. Long ball, short ball. They couldn’t tackle after the catch and shied away from some of the Chiefs running backs after long runs. Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters got beat several times, and he was as bad Monday night as he had been in training camp. The Ravens were beat physically but mentally as well — especially including star cornerback Marlon Humphrey and safety DeShon Elliott. Grade: F

Defensive line

The Ravens spent a lot of money to improve this group during the offseason, but it hasn’t shown in the first three games. Ends Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe and nose tackle Brandon Williams couldn’t mount much of a pass rush. Only Williams played well against the run. If the Ravens want to make a serious playoff run, this group has to get better because the young group of linebackers can’t handle the pounding up front. Grade: D-

Linebackers

Outside linebacker Matthew Judon is one of the highest-paid outside linebackers in the NFL, but he hasn’t played like one. Neither Judon nor fellow outside linebacker Pernell McPhee has been getting much pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and the best one of the group might be reserve Tyus Bowser. Middle linebacker Patrick Queen looked lost in coverage sometimes. Grade: D-

Special teams

Rookie receiver Duvernay returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the first half, the only sign of life by the team in the half. The Ravens didn’t return a kickoff or punt for a touchdown at all last season. Justin Tucker converted on two field-goal attempts, and the special teams actually kept the Ravens in the game for most of the first three quarters. Grade: A

Coaching

It’s amazing that the Ravens can be so flat in big games, and they were dismal in the first half. Kansas City kept the Ravens in the game with some poor kicking by Harrison Butker, but the Chiefs did a number on the Ravens defense with an assortment of formations and countered most of the Ravens' blitzes. Offensively, the Ravens were out of sync for nearly three quarters. Grade: D

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