It's time to get out the red pen and grade the Ravens after the 35-6 beatdown the Seahawks handed them on Sunday. We begin with the offense:
Jimmy Clausen wasn't great, but he wasn't terrible either and he didn't hand the other team six points, which makes him different from Matt Schaub. Clausen ended up 23-of-40 for a career-high 274 yards, with one interception. He fired a nice 31-yard pass to Daniel Brown on the Ravens opening series and connected with Kamar Aiken on back-to-back deep throws totaling 58 yards to set up a field goal in the final minute of the first half. He threw with at least as much zip and confidence as Schaub with more mobility. There were clearly timing issues, but that can be expected with a quarterback who has been with the team less than three weeks.
RUNNING BACKS: D
The Ravens young backs found very tough sledding against the Seahawks defense. The Ravens totaled 4 rushing yards in the first half and finished the game with 28 rushing yards on 14 carries. Terrance West had one 17-yard run -- and totaled minus-1 yard on his other four carries. The Ravens again failed to convert a third-and-1 run. Allen was still a factor out of the backfield with five catches for 44 yards. Kyle Juszczyk was no factor as a receiver, and the Ravens again were stuffed on a third-and-1 run, which has happened far too often this year.
OFFENSIVE LINE: D
The Ravens were manhandled up front, with the running game averaging just 2 yards a carry. In the first half, the Ravens netted 4 rushing yards on 11 carries. Jimmy Clausen was officially sacked just once, but he was under the gun all day. Kelechi Osemele was playing left tackle for the first time in his career, and Rick Wagner was beaten more than once on the other side, but really, pressure at Clausen came from all over. He was hit 11 times and spent much of the game picking himself up off the turf.
TIGHT ENDS: F
The Ravens didn't attempt a pass to a tight end all day, a surprising fact given how prominently the tight ends figure in Marc Trestman's offense. Then again, Crockett Gillmore (back) was out and Nick Boyle is suspended, so the Ravens were down to Maxx Williams and Konrad Reuland, who just joined the active roster last week. The Ravens haven't gotten much yet from Williams, a second-round pick. Tackle James Hurst was used as a blocking tight end, but the tight ends didn't do much to help the running game, either.
WIDE RECEIVERS: C
Kamar Aiken has a couple of tough grabs en route to five catches for 90 yards and has been one of the few offensive bright spots this lost season. Jeremy Butler set career highs with seven catches for 72 yards, and Daniel Brown (5-47) was a factor as well. Chris Matthews had one catch in his Ravens debut, but his trash-talking along the Seahawks sideline after the catch sure rang hollow while down 35-6. And what's with Ravens receivers always running patterns 2 or 3 yards short of the first-down marker? That's no way to move the chains.
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