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Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grade for the Ravens’ 31-30 loss to the Packers | Vaccination

Here’s how the Ravens graded in each spot after losing 31-30 to the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday:


Tyler Huntley played a nearly perfect game, completing 28 of 40 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Most of his passes were on target, especially inside the red zone. He played the ball well, finished with two touchdowns for 73 yards and 13 carries, and was Green Bay’s defense balance for most of the game. Huntley has played three games this season and has improved in each one. The Ravens may not be ready yet to replace injured starter Lamar Jackson, but Huntley is keeping the conversation interesting. grade A

running back

Devonta Freeman and Latvius Murray are solid and effective, but their big advantage will probably be a long touchdown run for injured starter JK Dobbins. Freeman is trying to stop and pick his holes more carefully, but he doesn’t have the acceleration to pull it off. Both he and Murray are just runners from North and South, not East and West. In a game like Sunday, the Ravens could certainly use fullback Patrick Ricard (knee/back) as the main blocker. Grade: C

offensive line

The Ravens were without two starts and then lost to Tyre Phillips with a knee injury in the first half with 55 seconds to spare. Despite the absence, the group played reasonably well. Right guard Kevin Zeitler and center Bradley Bozeman played well and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva was solid. The Ravens had a good mix of passing and running plays, unlike last week, when their tackles were exposed and struggled to block passes against the Cleveland Browns. grade B


There is very little left to say about Mark Andrews. He’s already proven he has one of the best tight ends in the game, second only to Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce, and he’s closing the gap. Regardless of position or where he is on the field, Andrews makes clutch catches (10 catches for 136 yards, two touchdowns), and some of those highlights are material. The Ravens worked with Marquis Brown (10 catches for 43 yards), but they still needed to take a few more shots downfield with fast receivers like Brown and Devin DuVernay. The Ravens still have to find ways to make all their receivers work in the game. Rookie Rashod Bateman had just one catch in 5 yards. grade B

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defensive line

This unit had a strong first half but worsened in the third quarter. The Packers ran inside and then bounced outside as Green Bay started to tackle Justin Ellis, Broderick Washington and Justin Madubuik with the ball. Washington’s effort was the most disappointing. Not only did he field against double teams, but he was also easily blocked in singles. The Ravens found little pressure on quarterback Aaron Rodgers until late in the game. Grade: C-


Like the defensive line, linebackers got tired by the time they went into the third quarter. He could not get out of the block and at times found himself out of position with inappropriate readings on the ongoing plays. Both linebackers – Josh Bynes in the middle and Patrick Queen on the weaker side – missed a lot of tackles in the second half, against both runs and passes. Grade: C


Due to injuries, the Ravens were playing without the four starters they were set to open the regular season with. He then lost the first half to concussion back Nickel to Tavon Young. The game went as expected, and the Ravens lost track of the receiver several times, allowing Rodgers to throw for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Tackling was bad in the second half, but what did you expect? Despite the injuries, the Ravens remained in the game until the last minute. Grade: C-

special team

Punter Sam Koch didn’t have a particularly strong day and didn’t do well during the final quarter of the season. The Ravens should have allowed DuVernay to return more kickoffs, especially because Green Bay has struggled in that area for most of the season and DuVernay was not as deep in the end zone. The Ravens’ coverage units performed well. grade B-

to teach

Despite being underdogs at home, the Ravens played as well as could be expected given the injuries. The aggressive game plan was solid, as the Ravens attacked every area of ​​the field. Defensively, the Ravens had trouble taking down Green Bay’s offense, but the Ravens played as hard as they could. For a 2-point conversion that fails again at the end of the game, how do you go about letting the other team beat you instead of killing yourself? The coach should be allowed to remove the analytics manual. enough is enough. grade B

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