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Mike Preston's grades for the Ravens in Week 4

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

Quarterbacks: Joe Flacco took a beating, especially in the first half, when the Ravens had no running game. Flacco still threw for nearly 300 yards, but he seemed to tire late in the game. Those beatings might have added up. Grade: C+

Offensive line: The line seemed to get in sync with the running game in the second half but the Ravens missed rookie tackle Ronnie Stanley and guard Alex Lewis on the left side. Replacement tackle James Hurst was too slow, and guard Ryan Jensen suffered from poor technique. Right tackle Rick Wagner also had a subpar game. Grade: D

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There was more to learn about the Ravens in their first loss of the season Sunday than in their previous thr

Receivers: When the game was on the line, veteran Steve Smith Sr. delivered big several times. Kyle Juszczyk also had six catches for 56 yards. But young receivers Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore have to be more consistent catching the ball. Perriman starts ducking before a defender gets close. Grade: C

Running backs: Terrance West ran hard and finished with 113 yards on 21 carries, and had two nice runs in the fourth period. He might need a few more touches than he received Sunday. Backup Buck Allen had three carries for 13 yards in the Ravens' best rushing game of the season. Grade: B

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Defensive line: The Ravens held one of the league's best rushing teams to 62 yards on 19 attempts. Oakland knew it couldn't run inside against nose tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce, but they couldn't get outside on ends Timmy Jernigan and Lawrence Guy, either. The Ravens' front four didn't manage much of a pass rush. Grade: B

Every defense in the NFL wants an opportunity to make a stand and cement a victory, and the

Linebackers: Middle linebackers C.J. Mosley and Zachary Orr each had nine tackles, and the Ravens were strong on the perimeter against the run with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. But neither Suggs nor Elvis Dumervil had much impact as pass rushers, and the Ravens didn't register a sack. Grade: B

Secondary: The Raiders had success against cornerback Shareece Wright, and that's probably the way it is going to be for most of the season because he plays opposite of Jimmy Smith. The Ravens didn't make any big plays on the back end and they only got their hands on three passes. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw some nice touchdown passes that were on target, where only his receivers could catch them. Grade: C+

The Ravens lined up on the 50-yard line with more than a minute left on the clock and perhaps 10 yards to go

Special teams: Punter Sam Koch saved a touchdown with a tackle on a Raiders return and also had a 59-yard punt, but it wasn't a stellar game for him. Justin Tucker converted on two field-goal attempts, but the Ravens allowed one kickoff return of 26 yards and a punt return of 47. These units also had several penalties and Kamar Aiken struggled as the gunner. Grade: C

Coaching: Coach John Harbaugh gambled and lost twice. He took a penalty in the fourth quarter instead of forcing the Raiders to kick a field goal, and they eventually got a touchdown on that drive. Harbaugh's other mistake was going for two points instead of kicking the extra point after a touchdown in the third quarter. It was way too early for that decision. Sometimes, Harbaugh gets all revved up and emotional when he needs to calm down. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman needs to open up his offense earlier in games because Flacco really isn't a dink-and-dunk quarterback. Grade: C-

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