Ravens players praise Tucker's late-game heroics
The Ravens pulled out yet another dramatic win on Monday night at Detroit, as Justin Tucker's right leg carried them to an 18-16 win. The offense moved the ball at times but failed to reach the end zone, as the red zone continues to be the place Ravens drives go to die. How did the offense play overall? Let's check the report card:
Joe Flacco moved the offense pretty well, completing 20 of 38 for 222 yards. Most important, he was never intercepted, while his counterpart Matt Stafford was picked off three times. Flacco also battled through a knee injury to make a key 27-yard strike to Jacoby Jones to set up the game-winning field goal. He got away with a couple of high-risk floaters, but by and large he kept the offense moving, with three drives of 70 yards or more.
RUNNING BACKS: B-
Ray Rice again had trouble getting going on the ground. He finished with 56 rushing yards, but 19 came on the final play. Other than that he ran 11 times for 37 yards. Rice, though, had his best game of the season as a pass blocker. He frequently picked up Detroit blitzes and stunts, giving Flacco that extra second to make a throw. Bernard Pierce carried seven times for 21 yards.
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OFFENSIVE LINE: B-
The line did a formidable job against Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and the rest of the Lions tough front seven. They generally gave Flacco enough time to get his feet set and throw. Flacco was sacked just once, though he took a few shots. The Ravens averaged 4.3 yards a carry.
TIGHT ENDS: C
A week after returning to action, Dennis Pitta wasn't much of a factor, with two catches for 24 yards. Ed Dickson had three catches for 10 yards, but he also made a couple of nice blitz pick-ups in pass protection. Dallas Clark was active but did not play.
WIDE RECEIVERS: B
Jacoby Jones had one of his best games as a Ravens receiver, with six catches -- his highest total with the Ravens -- for 80 yards. He had two key receptions on the scoring drive at the end of the first half, and had the huge 27-yard catch that set up Tucker's game-winning field goal. Torrey Smith had four catches for 69 yards and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. Marlon Brown had four catches for 31 yards and drew a couple of big penalties that put the Ravens in field-goal range.