It wasn’t pretty at times, but it will go down as one of the biggest comebacks in franchise history.
Now it’s time to hand out the grades after the Ravens’ 25-20 win at Cleveland, beginning with the offense:
Joe Flacco helped create the 20-0 hole with an early interception, but he never panicked and ended up throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Wallace.
Flacco finished 25-for-45 for 302 yards, with those two touchdowns and two interceptions. His timing still looks not quite there, and he still had to deal with a collapsing pocket too many times. He also wasn’t helped by drops. But give Flacco credit for taking command: With the offense sputtering, he lobbied offensive coordinator Marc Trestman to open up the offense and take more deep shots downfield.
RUNNING BACK: D
The Ravens once again couldn’t establish much on the ground, a troubling trend through two weeks. Justin Forsett had an 11-yard run — the Ravens' longest of the season — but averaged 2 yards on his other 13 carries. Terrance West (11-42) fared a little better and again helped eat up clock in the fourth quarter. But the Ravens aren’t showing a lot of burst and aren’t making people miss.
Two notable issues Sunday: A fourth-and-2 toss sweep that gained only 1, and Forsett running out of bounds on a sweep late in the game when the Ravens were trying to chew up time.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C
It was a rough start for rookie Ronnie Stanley, but he and rookie Alex Lewis improved as the day went on. The Ravens continue to struggle to open holes for the running game. Joe Flacco wasn’t sacked on Sunday but the pocket is collapsing too often, and he was hit just as he threw several times.
Jeremy Zuttah has had a rough start. Just out of curiosity, when the Ravens run on fourth-and-2, why do they decide to go left behind rookie linemen when they have a Pro Bowl guard on the right side?
TIGHT ENDS: A-
Dennis Pitta was the highlight of the offense on Sunday, with nine catches for 102 yards on the field where he suffered his second major hip injury two years ago.
He and Flacco appear to be back in sync, and Pitta is a reliable chain-mover. Crockett Gillmore had one catch for 22 yards but also had a bad drop.
WIDE RECEIVERS: B
Mike Wallace caught two more touchdowns and is well on his way to the career revival he spoke of when he signed with the Ravens. Steve Smith (3-64) was quiet early but sparked the Ravens touchdown drive to open the second half. And Smith had a huge block on one of Dennis Pitta’s long receptions.
Breshad Perriman had a pair of catches, and the Ravens took their deep shots with him more than once. Chris Moore had a terrible drop off his fingertips. Has anyone seen Kamar Aiken?