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Mike Preston's grades for the Ravens' 27-23 loss to the Giants

Sports columnist Mike Preston gives his position grades for the Ravens sixth game of the season against the New York Giants. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Quarterback: Joe Flacco played a typical game for him in 2016. He had trouble converting on short to mid-range passes and at times was out of sync with his receivers. Flacco threw the long ball well, but he got nervous feet in the pocket because of the pounding. He didn't deliver in crunch time and the Ravens need to work on his fundamentals, which is why his passes sail. Grade: D

Offensive line: The Ravens were without three starters and the group performed as expected. Most of the rushing yards came on the left side behind tackle Alex Lewis and guard John Urschel. Once the Giants started blitzing, the Ravens had trouble picking up the pressure. Grade: D

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Running backs: Terrance West had 87 yards on 23 carries including a 33-yard run. He also had two touchdown runs, but it never seems like the Ravens give him a chance to control the pace of the game. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk missed a big block on that fourth down run by West. That can't happen. Grade: C+

Receivers: Flacco threw for 307 yards, but several of those were just jump balls. Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman each went up to make catches, but they weren't consistent throughout the game. Tight end Dennis Pitta led all receivers with six catches on 10 targets. Wallace had a team-best 97 yards. Grade C

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Defensive line: The Ravens held the Giants to 38 yards rushing on 17 carries, which shows how dominant they were up front. End Timmy Jernigan causes a lot of problems in the running game with penetration, and nose tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce combined for six tackles. The Ravens, though, got little pressure on QB Eli Manning. Grade: B

Linebackers: Zachary Orr and Albert McClellan combined for 16 solo tackles and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had a sack. But the Giants threw underneath the Ravens coverages and the Ravens outside linebackers failed to get much pressure. The Ravens have been deficient in this area for years. Grade: B

Secondary: The Ravens had some injuries in the back end, but they still have to learn how to make tackles after short receptions. There were times when the cornerbacks looked slow as the Giants blew by them, and the Ravens safeties looked slow as well. Worst game of the year for this group. Grade: D

Special teams: Justin Tucker converted on three field goals and punter Sam Koch landed three inside the 20-yard line. The Ravens also had good kick coverage but still have way too many penalties. Grade: B

Coaching: Marty Mornhinweg's debut as the offensive coordinator wasn't very impressive, but it's hard to be critical of him in only one week of work. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees has to find more ways to manufacture pressure and the Ravens might want to go back to tackling drills and fundamentals this week. Play on special teams improved compared to the previous two weeks. The Ravens had 15 penalties for 111 yards. That's on the coaching. Grade: C-

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