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Defensive report card from Baltimore Ravens' 16-13 win over the St. Louis Rams

Baltimore defense stiffens up for a victory.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The game was about the trenches this week, and the Ravens surprisingly held up to decent expectations. With a victory it was clear this match was which defensive line outperformed the other, and the Ravens came up big.

Defensive Line: B+

The line didn't allow Todd Gurley to dictate the match. No big gains or highlight reel runs. Good job. Brandon Williams in fact broke three blocks and forced a fumble. Unreal movement by the big man.

Inside Linebacker: C-

The unit did nothing to truly change to game. McClellan with the biggest play by falling down on a fumbled exchange. Disappointing constantly.

Outside Linebacker: B+

An absolutely great effort here to shut down Rams quarterback Case Keenum. Elvis Dumervil forced pressure, and Courtney Upshaw had a game-winning strip sack to get the Ravens the ball back. That set up a field goal. Good job here by the team. That's what this unit has needed all season.

Cornerback: C+

Honestly a good game against Keenum. They didn't allow loads of deep catches and constant playmaking. The team played great.

Safety: B-

Great coverage, not allowing any deep attempts over the top. But some missed tackles down the stretch. Overall good effort, and didn't contribute to a Ravens demise.