Baltimore Ravens

Mike Preston's grades for the Ravens after a dominant win

Quarterback: Joe Flacco played his best game of the year. He was in command of the offense and actually ran some audibles. Most of his passes were tight and direct. He ran the no-huddle without many glitches and finished with a QB rating of 119.2. Grade: A-

Offensive line: Flacco got pressured several times but he had a lot of time to throw throughout the game. Ravens tackles Rick Wagner and Ronnie Stanley had very few problems with Miami end Cameron Wake, and tackle Ndamukong Suh wasn't a factor. It was a third straight strong performance by this group. Grade: A-


Running backs: The Dolphins came into the game with one of the worst run defenses in the league, so the Ravens were expected to run the ball. Instead, they attacked Miami with the pass. Halfbacks Terrance West and Ken Dixon were used sparingly, and most of their yards came late in the game. When they did carry the ball, they ran hard. They were also weapons as receivers. Grade: B

Receivers: After one game of virtually ignoring Steve Smith Sr. and Mike Wallace, Flacco got them involved early. Smith had six catches for 53 yards and Wallace finished with six catches for 59 yards. Tight Dennis Pitta also had a big game, catching nine passes and finishing with two touchdowns. It was the most complete game by this group all season. Grade: A-


Defensive line: Miami finished with 62 yards rushing on 12 carries. The Dolphins couldn't control the Ravens up front with Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams, and the Ravens also worked several other players into the rotation. By the end of the third quarter, Miami's offensive line seemed exhausted. Grade: A-

Linebackers: Zachary Orr led the team in tackles with 13 but he left a couple out on the field. Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil didn't have any sacks, but they put a lot of pressure on quarterback Ryan Tannehill after the Ravens got the big lead. Matthew Judon had one of the Ravens' two sacks. Grade: B+

Secondary: Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young took away the deep ball from Miami, and they came up well in run support, along with fellow cornerback Jerraud Powers. Safety Lardarius Webb actually played a good center field. This was one of the better games by the secondary. Grade: A-

Special teams: Justin Tucker wasn't the hero this week, but he did convert on a 55-yard field goal. It wasn't a great day for punter Sam Koch, and returner Devin Hester still looks indecisive as far as whether to return a punt or not. The group still commits too many dumb penalties. Grade: B

Coaching: Head coach John Harbaugh gambled early on two fourth-down situations and won, but they were still bad choices. Harbaugh had the Ravens ready to play and the offense came out and remained aggressive for the entire game. As usual, defense turned in a strong effort. Grade: B+