It's time once again to grade the Ravens offense, this time after the 19-16 loss at Pittsburgh. On the bright side, the Ravens had just one three-and-out the whole game. But for the third straight game, they failed to find the end zone in the first half. The report card:
Joe Flacco turned in a rating of 97.1, completing 24 of 34 for 215 yards. He threw a 1-yard touchdown to Dallas Clark and was not intercepted. Flacco hit nine different receivers and engineered a nice game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. But that was the only touchdown drive. His biggest miss was underthrowing Jacoby Jones when Jones was two steps behind the defense in the third quarter. The pass was broken up at the goal line after Jones had to slow down for the ball.
RUNNING BACKS: C
Ray Rice showed hints of his old self, with a 13-yard run and a 14-yard reception, but he still averaged just 3.0 yards on 15 carries. What has happened to Bernard Pierce (6 carries, 13 yards)? He has been indecisive and unproductive, and was stuffed again on third-and-1 when he tried to go off right tackle. Vonta Leach had a 6-yard run, but he, too, was stuffed on a third-and-1.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C
Flacco was sacked just once, though he had to pull a couple of escape numbers to get out of some others. For the most part the pocket held up, and Michael Oher made a huge play on the Ravens' first offensive snap, batting down a tipped ball to prevent an interception. But the Ravens again averaged just 3.2 yards on the ground and were stuffed twice running the ball on third-and-1.
TIGHT ENDS: C
Dallas Clark scored the Ravens only touchdown on a 1-yard catch and finished with three catches for 9 yards. Ed Dickson had two grabs for 17 yards, both in the first half. Dickson missed a couple of blocks, and overall, the tight ends have not posed the consistent threat that the Ravens have seen from most other teams' tight ends.
WIDE RECEIVERS: B-
Torrey Smith was held in check for the most part, but he did haul in a 41-yard grab in tight coverage, one of his three catches. Jacoby Jones (four catches, 32 yards) and Tandon Doss (2-35) each had big grabs on the Ravens touchdown drive. Marlon Brown also had four catches, but none longer than 9 yards. Receivers did not do a great job of working to get open when Flacco had to scramble.