We've already graded the Ravens offense after the 25-20 loss at San Francisco on Sunday. Now it's time to take the red pen to the defense and special teams. The report card, please ...
DEFENSIVE LINE: B-
The Ravens run defense was solid once again, holding Carlos Hyde to 2.6 yards a carry (21-55). Lawrence Guy led the group with five tackles and a sack, and Timmy Jernigan had a half-sack. Jernigan was back in the starting lineup for the first time in four games. Brandon Williams finished with two tackles and batted down a pass. He continues to be the Ravens most consistent defensive player by a wide margin.
Daryl Smith led the Ravens with nine tackles and a sack, but C.J. Mosley struggled for the second straight week. He has had some very atypical tackling issues. Albert McClellan saw some time at outside linebacker and batted down one pass, nearly coming up with an interception. But overall the group did not get to Kaepernick enough, especially on the edge, and didn't keep him contained enough.
Shareece Wright was a disaster in his Ravens debut, but really, what did the Ravens expect? They took a player who wasn't good enough to make the active roster of the 31st-ranked defense and entrusted him to play 78 percent of the defensive snaps four days after joining the team. The thought was his familiarity with the 49ers would be an advantage, but clearly, the 49ers thought that as well, picking on him at will. He was badly burned on Torrey Smith's long touchdown and slipped and fell on another touchdown. Jimmy Smith was beaten deep by Anquan Boldin and had a potential interception clank off his hands. Adding injury to insult, safety Kendrick Lewis left with an apparent knee injury. Whether the biggest problems are technique errors or communication errors or personnel issues is up for debate. But it's been the same old story all season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Jeremy Ross has been one of the few Ravens bright spots the past couple of weeks. He had a 41-yard kickoff return on Sunday. Sam Koch was outstanding, with a net of 51.7 yards a punt. Justin Tucker again recorded touchbacks on every kickoff but missed from 45 yards when the grass gave way beneath his plant leg. It was his first miss from inside 50 yards in two years.