While the Ravens suffered another loss on the season, it wasn’t all bad news. Don’t get me wrong, there certainly is bad news, but it is not all bad.
Rookie RT Orlando Brown Jr. graded as the best offensive lineman on Sunday (70.1), giving up zero pressures. He has allowed no sacks or hits so far this season.
His fall from the first and second round of the 2018 NFL Draft graced Baltimore with their right tackle of the future in the middle of round three. Couldn’t be more excited about Zeus Jr.’s play in a Ravens jersey.
LG Alex Lewis struggled to his worst grade of the season (39.7), giving up one hit and two hurries in the process.
Going from Ronnie Stanley as your O-line partner to Jermaine Eluemunor is a tough drop off. I assume he’s also dealing with the neck injury. Nonetheless, this team needed another lineman to step up and help produce protection for Joe Flacco.
Despite attempting more deep passes this season, QB Joe Flacco hasn’t found much success, posting a season-long accuracy percentage of 30.8%. Week 9 wasn’t much different, with Flacco going one-of-four for 30 yards on passes targeted 20 yards or more downfield.
No excuses. You have the wide receivers and tight ends. You have the arm. You have enough protection. Get the ball into their hands and score. Get the ball to Mark Andrews and away from the defender. Get the ball to the open man waving and shouting along the sideline.
S Tony Jefferson earned the highest grade on the defense (74.4), recording three defensive stops and allowing two of two targets to be completed for five yards.
Jefferson’s improvement from last season to now is going well. He’s still not a star in my eyes, but he’s playing with more consistency.
The Ravens defense pressured Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on only 20.4 of his dropbacks. OLB Matt Judon was the only standout with five total pressures (one sack, two hits and two hurries).
Remember watching the Ravens rack up 11 sacks against the Titans and Marcus Mariota? Did they spend their allotment for the season on a single game?
Yes, Matt Judon played well, but he’s still not pressuring the edge and getting the sacks many expected this season. He’s now at 2.5 sacks in nine games, with one coming from Ben Roethlisberger lying down and taking the sack to keep the clock running. If not for the game scenario, Ben would’ve thrown it away.