Mike Preston's Ravens report card in Week 3

Sports columnist Mike Preston gives his position grades for the Ravens third game of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Quarterback: At one point, Joe Flacco completed 21 straight passes, but he got out of sync in the second half. Flacco also threw two interceptions and finished with a quarterback rating of 64.0. If the Jaguars were any good, Flacco's turnovers would have finished the Ravens in the fourth period. Grade: C-

Running backs: The running game is used merely to keep defenses honest because this group isn't much of a threat. There aren't a lot of holes to run through and Terrance West shows a lack of acceleration. Justin Forsett doesn't run around or break tackles any more. At the end of the first half, Flacco was the team's leading rusher. Grade: D


Offensive line: The Ravens got tired in the second half of this game. The left side, composed of rookies Ronnie Stanley and Alex Lewis, struggled, and both center Jeremy Zuttah and right guard Marshal Yanda didn't play up to par. The Ravens still can't get movement at the line of scrimmage. Grade: D

Receivers: The Ravens dropped a couple of passes, two by second-year receiver Breshad Perriman. Tight end Dennis Pitta got open in the second half, but Flacco was off the mark in throwing to him. Steve Smith had eight caches for 87 yards, but wideout Mike Wallace dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone. Grade: C

Defensive line: This group got a lot of penetration off the snap of the ball and played a lot in Jacksonville's backfield. End Timmy Jernigan caused most of the problems, but tackles Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams closed down the inside running lanes. Tackle/end Lawrence Guy was steady, but then took his game up to another level in the fourth period. Grade: A-

Linebackers: Zachary Orr led the Ravens in tackles with eight and he also knocked down two passes. Middle linebacker C.J. Mosley had six tackles, one interception and two deflected passes. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had two sacks. The Ravens might end up having more depth at this position than any other unit on the team. Grade: A-

Secondary: This group has played better than last year but the Ravens have yet to face a quality quarterback. Teams are starting to go after cornerback Shareece Wright again and fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith's play is inconsistent. Safety Eric Weddle played well and had four tackles. He is having a good season. Grade: B-

Special teams: Justin Tucker has become the team's top weapon and converted on four field goals including the game-winner. Overall, though, the Ravens struggled with penalties. They also gave up a long punt return of 42 yards and returner Devin Hester had a fumble on a punt return which led to a Jaguars field goal in the fourth period. The Ravens blocked a field goal late in the fourth period which eventually saved the game. Grade: C-

Coaching: In the Florida heat, the Ravens did a nice job of subbing players in and out. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman kept the Jaguars off-balance in the first half but the Ravens had no juice in the second. Defensively, the Ravens dominated Jacksonville despite key turnovers from their offense which put the Jaguars in great field position. The Jaguars have good talent, no coaching. Grade: C+

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