It's time to hand out the Monday morning report cards after the Ravens' 20-17 upset of the Steelers, and for the first time in a while, most of the class made the honor roll. We begin with the offense
What can be said about Ryan Mallett? In his first series as a Raven, he engineered one of the best drives of the season, a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chris Matthews that gave the Ravens an early 7-0 lead they never relinquished. Mallett finished 28-for-41 for a career-high 274 yards. Watching him command the offense, you'd never know he has worn a Ravens uniform for less than two weeks.
RUNNING BACKS: B
Buck Allen had a nice bounceback effort after being benched a week ago because of fumbling problems. The rookie ran 18 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. He ran decisively and with good vision -- and he held on to the ball. Allen also had five catches for 35 yards. Terrance West (13-42) did well when called upon, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk was again a popular target out of the backfield, with five catches for 55 yards, including a 34-yarder that set up a touchdown. But what's with throwing to Juszczyk 3 yards shy of the first-down marker on third down? It happens way too often.
OFFENSIVE LINE: B
The Ravens totaled 121 rushing yards against a Steelers defense that was ranked fifth in the league against the run. Ryan Mallett was sacked once but for the most part was kept clean. Marshal Yanda continued his Pro Bowl season, and Kelechi Osemele has proved to be a big upgrade from James Hurst at left tackle. Ryan Jensen is capable at guard, although he was hit with a personal foul penalty. The Steelers seemed to be goading Jensen all day with a lot of post-whistle skirmishes until he finally retaliated.
TIGHT ENDS: C-
The injury to Crockett Gillmore has really taken the tight end position out of the Ravens playbook. Rookie Maxx Williams was targeted five times and finished with two catches for 16 yards, and No. 2 tight end Konrad Reuland has not been a factor at all as a receiver. Tackle James Hurst continues to work as the team's de facto blocking tight end.
WIDE RECEIVERS: B
Kamar Aiken led the Ravens with eight catches for 66 yards and Jeremy Butler finished with thee catches for 38. Mallett kept things short and intermediate for the most part, though he did make a beautiful deep throw to Chris Givens for a 39-yard gain. Givens has been missing in action the past few weeks. Chris Matthews recorded his first touchdown catch as a Raven.