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

Quarterback: Joe Flacco remains streaky. He had a rough start, but picked up his play in the second half. He threw for over 300 yards, but had two interceptions. Flacco could help his offensive linemen by stepping up in the pocket at times, something he has never done. Flacco remained fearless against the Browns because the Ravens had no running game. Grade: C

Running backs: What running game? The Ravens didn't have one for the second straight week. Both Justin Forsett and Terrance West played better in the second half, but the Ravens need to be able to control the tempo of a game by pounding the ball. In two games, that has not happened. Grade: D


Offensive line: Left tackle Ronnie Stanley had trouble pass blocking outside linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah early in the game, but made adjustments in the second half. One of the Ravens problems is their inability to hold blocks and center Jeremy Zuttah is struggling handling nose guards. The Ravens can't run inside the tackles. Grade: C-

Receivers: Receiver Mike Wallace has become the team's home run hitter and hauled in two touchdown passes. Tight end Dennis Pitta has become Flacco's favorite possession receiver and the Browns failed to hold him up at the line of scrimmage. Steve Smith isn't getting much separation, but he still attacks the football, which is why he had three catches for 64 yards. Rookie receiver Chris Moore dropped a touchdown pass and the Ravens had several other receivers drop passes as well. Grade: B

Defensive line: The Browns had 145 yards rushing but 85 came off of one play. Otherwise, nose guards Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce shut down everything inside and took turns smacking around quarterback Josh McCown. End Timmy Jernigan had six tackles including one sack. He also hit McCown three times. Grade: B

Linebackers: After posting as a no-show last week against the Bills, C.J. Mosley had six tackles , one interception and knocked down six passes. He moved extremely well from sideline to sideline. Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith also played well, especially considering he missed a lot of practice with a knee injury. Linebacker Zachary Orr had nine tackles, but seemed a second late on a lot of running plays. Grade: C

Secondary: Cornerback Shareece Wright got picked on several times and the Browns also went after safety Lardarius Webb. If cornerback Jimmy Smith could catch, he might lead the NFL in interceptions. Safety Eric Weddle had six tackles and one interception, but he got blocked down inside the box on Isaiah Crowell's 85-yard touchdown run. Grade: D

Special teams: Lawrence Guy blocked an extra point, which led to the Ravens getting two points and momentum. Justin Tucker converted on field goals of 52, 49 and 41 yards. Sam Koch's three punts netted an average of 42.7 yards, with two dropped inside the 20-yard line. Devin Hester had good acceleration and showed why he is one of the best returners to every play the game. Grade: A-

Coaching: Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman waited too long to attack Cleveland's suspect defense and needs to abolish the pitch play for a week or two, especially in short-yardage situations. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees got his players to wake up, but they can't sleep early again against a quality opponent. Head coach John Harbaugh needs to stop gambling, and take the points on fourth down inside the opponent's territory. He has the best kicker in the game and no running game. Enough is enough. Grade: C-

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