The week’s biggest move was Williams’ insertion at LG for Harewood.
While I think it’s possible Harewood will provide depth at some point this season, he dropped from starter to inactive versus the Cowboys.
The scores below include the game against the Chiefs (53 snaps excluding 2 kneels) and Cowboys (48 snaps, excluding 1 kneel):
Oher: Michael had 2 games which left his season score nearly unaffected. Versus the Chiefs, he surrendered half a sack (Q1, 6:14) and a pressure to Tamba Hali. He didn’t fare much better against Justin Houston, who beat him outside for a sack (Q3, 0:41) and inside for half a pressure (Q3, 0:47). He also failed to pick up a stunt by Dontari Poe (Q4, 10:33) which went for a QH. Oher was better versus the Cowboys when he held his negative events to 2 pressures to Ware and a false start. The Ravens are doing everything they can to get Oher an advantage versus good edge rushers. Against the Chiefs, he beat the snap by 2 clicks (Q1, 6:14) and against the Cowboys He moved exactly with the snap (Q2, 2:11). Both are an indication of a timing mechanism between him and Birk. His false start was a flinch in his arm when he remained in his stance
- Scoring vs. Chiefs: 44 blocks, 4 missed, 1.5 pressures, 1 QH, 1.5 sacks, 29 points (.55 per play). It was his worst score of the season, but with the very tough assignment of Houston and Hali, I’d make this a D.
- Scoring vs. Cowboys: 43 blocks, 3 missed, 2 pressures, 1 false start, 36 points (.75 per play). Adjusting for the competition, we’ll call that a B-.
Harewood: It wasn’t all awful for Ramon, but he didn’t do a heck of a lot in his time at guard for the Ravens. He wasn’t penalized, but his aggregate score was .70 which is a D at guard even with an adjustment for the quality DTs the Ravens have faced to date. He has some ability to move his opponent as a run blocker, but he doesn’t make good blocking decisions, nor does he act quickly. He missed 31 blocks in 5 games including 9 vs. the Chiefs.
- Scoring vs. Chiefs: 41 blocks, 9 missed, 2 QH, 1/2 sack, 32 points (.60 per play). F.
Williams: The first returns on the switch at LG did not show appreciable improvement. Williams caused a sack by Ware when he was pancaked by Hatcher (Q4, 14:07). Ware stunted inside to bypass the pile and the obstructed Oher for a sack. I also charged Bobby with half a QH (Q2, 2:15, shared with Rice) when Lee blitzed free through the left A gap while Williams doubled outside with Oher on Ratliff. He made 5 level 2 blocks and pulled once successfully, which is a good sign his ankle is healed. He delivered 3 pancakes, but was pancaked twice himself.
- Scoring: 44 blocks, 2 missed, 1/2 QH, 1 sack, 36.5 points (.76 per play). C-, including an adjustment for Ware, Ratliff, and Hatcher.
Birk: Matt had 8 missed blocks versus the Cowboys as compared to a total of 5 in the first 5 games. They came in a variety of ways. Birk was twice pushed back as a run blocker, once by Ratliff and once by Price-Bent (Q4, 14:24) on a play which by all rights should have been blown up, but Pierce escaped the backfield to spare Matt the negative score. Once he failed to stay with Ratliff when pass blocking and 5 other times he moved to level 2, but was unable to find a block (including 2 whiffs on cut blocks).
- Scoring vs. Chiefs: 50 blocks, 2 missed, 1 pressure, 48 points (.91 per play). B-.
- Scoring vs. Cowboys: 39 blocks, 8 missed, 1 pressure, 37 points (.77 per play). D-.
Yanda: After outplaying every other Ravens linemen and every other guard in the NFL for the first 4 weeks, Marshal has had decidedly un-Yanda-like performances the last 2 weeks. In particular, Marshal must have been close to a career high in missed blocks versus the Chiefs. Those included 4 each on run and pass plays. He didn’t have any negative scores. I hate to even suggest it now, but given the way he has played the last 2 weeks, I have to wonder if he might be hurt. One notable positive for Yanda over the last 2 weeks has been his use to freeze linebackers when he pulls (Chiefs, Q2, 12:28 and Cowboys, Q4, 6:34). Each of those plays was combined with a minimal play-action fake to generate Flacco extra space behind the linebackers which opened passing lanes for a slanting Boldin (16 and 13 yards respectively).
- Scoring vs. Chiefs: 45 blocks, 8 missed, 45 points (.85 per play). B-.
- Scoring vs. Cowboys: 43 blocks, 3 missed, 1 pressure, 1 QH, 1 false start, 35 points (.73 per play). D.
Osemele: Kelechi came close to winning the Golden Cousins against KC for scoring lower than the Ravens’ former tackle in a single game. He did it with a lousy day of pass blocking, primarily against Justin Houston. He was beaten outside on consecutive plays by Houston (Q1, 1:34 and Q1, 1:29) which left the Ravens with a FG opportunity on their first scoring drive. He was beaten outside by Houston for a sack (Q2, 11:28). Houston beat him inside for the next 1.5 pressures (Q2, 1:25 and Q3, 0:47). To cap the day, he gave up a sack to Hali, who beat him outside (Q4, 3:42). That’s a lot of damage for 27 drop backs. He converted 21 of 22 run blocks including a pair of nice pancakes. He was also penalized twice for false starts. Osemele rebounded with a decent game against talented opposition versus Dallas. Hatcher beat him twice to the outside for a pressure and ½ a QH and he was responsible for the PD at the LoS by Butler (Q3, 2:35).
- Scoring vs. Chiefs: 44 blocks, 3 missed, 3.5 pressures, 2 sacks, 2 false starts, 19 points (.36 per play). F.
- Scoring vs. Cowboys: 41 blocks, 4 missed, 2 pressures, 1/2 QH, 1 false start, 35.5 points (.74 per play). C.
McKinnie: Did not play vs. KC. Scoring vs. Cowboys: 4 blocks (1.00 per play).