Mike Preston's report card after the Ravens' 28-7 win over the Browns

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Quarterback: Joe Flacco looked lost most of the first half. He underthrew an open Kamar Aiken on a long pass and threw an interception minutes later. He heated up in the third quarter and threw better on short-to-intermediate passes, especially on crossing routes. The interceptions have to stop. Grade: C

Offensive line: The Ravens opened holes at times, but Cleveland's front line beat them off the ball with the pass rush in the first half. The Ravens aren't getting much inside from Jeremy Zuttah and Alex Lewis. Holding penalties continue to hurt, and left tackle Ronnie Stanley has slow feet. The Ravens overpowered the Browns late. Grade: C


Receivers: If tight end Dennis Pitta can't run-block, the Ravens need to find someone who can. The Ravens wanted to go deep more with Mike Wallace and Steve Smith Sr. early in the game, but Cleveland took that away. Those two, along with Aiken, worked the middle of the field fairly well, showing the Ravens' team speed in the second half. Grade: B

Running backs: Terrance West turned in a solid effort, but he sometimes seems to be a second slow in making a cut that could turn a small gain into a big one. He has to stop running east and west in the red zone. Kenneth Dixon was a good weapon as a receiver out of the backfield. Both dominated with tough runs in the fourth quarter. Grade: C+


Defensive line: The Ravens shut down Cleveland's running game and cut off most of the Browns' cut-back runs. Tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce dominated inside. There is no reason for Timmy Jernigan to be offside. Just line up and watch the ball. The unit batted down several passes at the line of scrimmage. Grade: A-

Linebackers: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, playing with one arm, turned in one of his better games against Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. Inside 'backers C.J. Mosley and Zachary Orr flowed well to the ball and had little trouble controlling the run. Mosley had five tackles, and Orr finished with four. Grade: B+

Secondary: Safety Eric Weddle is strong in run support and playing inside the box, but has problems in pass defense. The Ravens have two slow safeties. Rookie cornerback Tavon Young is aggressive and physical. Cornerback Jimmy Smith needs to be as aggressive in attempting to jump some routes. Grade: B

Special teams: It seemed returner Devin Hester Sr. found some of his groove and even returned a kickoff 28 yards. Justin Tucker converted on field goals of 25 and 40 yards in the second quarter. Grade: B

Coaching: The Ravens came out slow and had very little fire in the first half. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg made some major adjustments in the second half by taking advantage of the short and intermediate passing game. Clock management continues to hurt this team. Defensively, the Ravens just had too much talent and muscle for Cleveland to compete. Grade: C+