The Ravens 33-27 overtime loss to Las Vegas on Monday Night Football played out like a stereotypical Vegas night. Some glitz. A little glamor. And a ton of regret.
There will be plenty of time for dissection over all that happened throughout this week, but for now, let’s take a quick review at how the team’s positional groups performed, and hand out a few grades.
Offense — B
The unit had two costly turnovers, and we’ll get to them. But they also put up 406 yards of offense, 27 points and put up 6.1 yards per play. With this defense, this should have been enough from the offense to win. But it wasn’t. And they could have done more.
Quarterback — B+
Lamar Jackson did a lot of nice things, despite facing constant pressure throughout the game. He went 19-30 for 235 yards and a touchdown, and generated another 86 yards on the ground. It was even more impressive if you were able to toss out that 0-6 slump in the third quarter. But two fumbles bring down his grade from what would have been a very high score.
Running back — B-
Both Ty’Son Williams and Latavius Murray scored touchdowns on the ground, and Williams especially stood out with some electric plays, including his 35-yard touchdown run to open the night’s scoring. Murray had a few nice plays, but definitely looked a step or 24 slower than Williams.
Receivers — B
Marquise Brown had a nice game, turning six catches into 69 yards and a touchdown, and Sammy Watkins made a few nice plays, totaling 96 yards on four carries. Mark Andrews was fairly quiet, and the rest of the receivers were nearly non-existent.
Offensive Line — C-
Alejandro Villanueva — on first look, and without knowing all his responsibilities — had troubles all day. It seemed that Jackson was either scrambling, getting hit or flexing a quick-release all game long, and we saw a few out-of-character run stuffs against the Ravens prolific running game. But we also some some huge holes open up, and it looked like Bradley Bozeman acclimated himself back to center very nicely. Kevin Zeitler showed some good, and also caught an early flag.
Defense — C-
It seemed like Derek Carr and Darren Waller could have put up another 100 yards between them if it weren’t for a few missed throws and drops, and the Ravens pass rush was sporadic, at best. The Ravens rush defense was pretty good, though Josh Jacobs was able to make a few highlight runs.
Defensive Line — C
Brandon Williams had a very good first quarter, and seemed to do a nice job controlling the middle. Calais Campbell made a huge stop on fourth down at the end of the game. But there was not a lot of pressure on Derek Carr throughout the game, and I can’t remember any of them batting any passes.
Linebackers — C
Both Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison ran to the ball, and both also missed a tackle or two. Odafe Oweh had a nice debut, posting a sack and a nice run-stuff, and Justin Houston also got to the quarterback, along with a few nice run stops. Up and down on this level.
Defensive Backs — B
Chuck Clark had a very strong game, both in coverage and impacting Carr on the pass-rush. Marlon Humphrey also showed some tight coverage, and Anthony Averett grabbed that miraculous interception in overtime that ended up making Ravens fans feel like Charlie Brown when Lucy pulls the ball away. You know what? I can’t stand Lucy. Who does she think she is… But I digress. The DBs were pretty good considering the lack of pass rush, but there were also some missed tackles they just can’t afford back there, particularly toward the end of the game.
Special Teams — B
The coverage teams seemed to get down field quickly, and Devin Duvernay had some nice returns — excluding a bungled catch that he did recover. Tucker and Koch did their things. Tylan Wallace flashed for me a few times.
Coaching — C
Look, your team loses a game where you had a double-digit lead, average is not a terrible score for the coaching staff. There was nothing egregious, except I thought Martindale would be more aggressive on the defensive side. Maybe with the recent loss of Marcus Peters, that changed the philosophy a bit as he wanted to afford more coverage on the back side? I liked the offensive game plan, especially the east-west routes against some of the zones they saw.