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Ravens vs. Vikings report card - 12/9/13

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Well, it's hard to fairly grade players dealing with those types of conditions, but at least the Ravens found a way to win their third straight and stay in control of their own destiny.

Quarterbacks: Joe Flacco heated up down the stretch yet again, leading two late touchdown drives, the last of which won the game. He has to be more consistent, but there were also a lot of dropped balls. Grade: B

Running backs: Ray Rice ran hard late in the game. The less cutting he does, the more yards he is gaining. Bernard Pierce and Vonta Leach were not much of a factor. Grade: D

Wide receivers: Marlon Brown had a big day, including the game-winning touchdown pass. Dennis Pitta had to knock off some rust but made some huge plays. You can tell how much of a difference he will make and how much Flacco loves throwing him the ball. Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones did not seem to like playing in the snow. Grade: C

Offensive line: The pass protection was pretty good, but the run blocking against a team that cannot stop the run was pretty poor. Just more of the same, and I doubt anything changes until next year. Grade: D

Defensive line: The Ravens didn't get much pressure on the quarterback, which had a lot to do with the weather and also the absence of Elvis Dumervil. The Ravens shut down Adrian Peterson before his injury, but Toby Gerhart gashed them late. Grade: C

Linebackers: Daryl Smith continues to be solid in pass coverage, getting his hands on a couple of balls. This group had some issues tackling late in the game, and it almost cost the Ravens a win. Grade: C

Secondary: Jimmy Smith continues to play at a high level. The safety play is still a bit inconsistent, especially from Matt Elam. Then again, I'm not sure he has ever played in the snow before. Grade: B

Special teams: Justin Tucker made his extra points, the coverage units were solid and Sam Koch had a good day. Jacoby Jones ran back a kickoff for a touchdown and has been a difference-maker since his knee was finally 100 percent. Grade: A

Coaches: Even with extra time to prepare for the Vikings, it's hard to prepare for those types of conditions. John Harbaugh did a nice job of getting Dennis Pitta heavily involved without overworking him in his first game back. I also thought the decision to go for the first down on fourth down in the fourth quarter despite being in field goal range was the right call even though it didn't work out. Grade: B



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