It's time once again to get out the red pen and grade the Ravens after their 34-14 loss to Kansas City, beginning with the offense:
Jimmy Clausen was again serviceable, moving the offense at times and producing a career-high 281 passing yards (26-for-45). Clausen threw two touchdowns, including a Hail Mary, and the pick-six he allowed occurred because his receiver (Daniel Brown) slipped and fell. Clausen doesn't have much to work with, but he operated well and did a nice job running to avoid pressure.
RUNNING BACKS: C
Terrance West (7-35) averaged 5 yards a carry, but Buck Allen learned that the quickest way to John Harbaugh's doghouse is by fumbling. After his second fumble in two weeks, Allen was benched for the rest of the game and finished with 18 yards on four carries. Terrence Magee got his first two carries of the season, totaling 5 yards, but showed little. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk caught a 1-yard touchdown pass among his five catches.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C+
Jimmy Clausen was sacked twice and was hit five times, but this patchwork group held up fairly well against a tough defense. Kelechi Osemele again showed he's capable of playing left tackle, and the Ravens had some moderate success running the ball against the Chiefs' top-10 run defense. Center John Urschel had a few floater shotgun snaps that seemed to disrupt the Ravens timing.
TIGHT ENDS: C
After being shut out last week against Seattle, the tight ends at least contributed this week, with Maxx Williams catching five passes for 31 yards. Williams, though, was called for another penalty, his fifth, tied for the most among offensive players. Tackle James Hurst again worked as a blocking tight end.
WIDE RECEIVERS: B-
Kamar Aiken continues to be one of the few bright spots for the Ravens, and recorded his first 100-yard day with eight catches for 128 yards, including a Hail Mary touchdown and a tough, 30-yard catch that set up the Ravens first score. Aiken (62-802, 5 TDs) has an outside shot for a 1,000-yard season, and has become the Ravens leader in every receiving category. Jeremy Butler (3-60) also contributed, but the rest of the receiving corps was largely invisible. Daniel Brown slipped and fell, leading to the Chiefs pick-six.