It's time once again to grade the Ravens after their last-second win over St. Louis on Sunday. It's safe to say that rarely, if ever, has a win felt so hollow in light of the season-ending injuries to Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett. The report card please, beginning with the offense:
For most of the game, Joe Flacco was average at best. He completed 27 of 44 passes for 299 yards and one touchdown, but he threw two interceptions, with neither close to his intended target. Flacco also badly missed on a few other throws, and it's clear the rhythm and chemistry with this group of receivers just isn't there. Of course, Flacco ended the game with one good leg, and gets some bonus points for battling through three snaps on a torn ACL to get the Ravens into field goal range.
RUNNING BACK: B
When Justin Forsett (4-26) went down with a broken arm, Buck Allen had to step up and responded with 67 rushing yards and 48 receiving yards, with some strong running after the catch. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk of course caught a pass on the first play of a half again, but he even got involved in the running game, with his first career carries, albeit just 3 yards on two carries.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C-
The Ravens played much of the game with three reserves along the offensive line against one of the league's best defensive fronts. John Urschel at center and Ryan Jensen at left guard each made the first start of his career, and James Hurst replaced injured Eugene Monroe at left tackle during the game as well. Flacco was under pressure a lot, with no hit more critical than when Hurst was driven into Flacco's knee in the final minute. The Ravens averaged 3.4 yards a carry, and Forsett was off to a strong start before being injured.
TIGHT ENDS: B-
Crockett Gillmore (5-101) had the first 100-yard game of his career and broke off a 46-yard gain but also had at least one bad drop. He was targeted eight times, tied for most on the team. Maxx Williams was the only other active tight end and had three catches for 20 yards, but Williams was called for another penalty.
WIDE RECEIVERS: C-
Kamar Aiken finished with five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, but getting separation remains an issue. The Ravens keep trying Aiken deep, and he's always well covered. Jeremy Butler finished with four catches for 45 yards, but Chris Givens was targeted seven times and had two catches for 25 yards. A No. 2 receiver needs to do more. Marlon Brown's slide to anonymity continues; he played a handful of snaps but never saw the ball.