Ravens report card vs. Jets: Defense

November, 25, 2013
11/25/13
2:15
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Grading the Baltimore Ravens' defense and special teams in the 19-3 win over the New York Jets.

Defensive line: It was a dominating performance, but the players up front made timely plays. Haloti Ngata, who was less than full strength, set the tone by stopping Chris Ivory short on third-and-1 on the opening drive. Chris Canty knocked down a third-down pass when the Jets were backed up inside their own 10-yard line. Art Jones had three tackles, and Pernell McPhee had a sack and a tackle for a loss in the fourth quarter. The Jets, though, did run for 102 yards. Grade: B.

Linebackers: Daryl Smith was once again all over the field, breaking up three passes (he should've intercepted the one) and recording a sack that stalled the Jets' drive following Joe Flacco's interception. Terrell Suggs only had a quarterback hit but he was constantly in the face of Geno Smith. In run defense, he has to make sure to set the edge because poor technique led to an 18-yard run. Suggs showed good awareness to jump on the fumble, which was the on the ground because the Jets snapped the ball into a motioning receiver. Elvis Dumervil's sack ended the game. Grade: B.

Secondary: Corey Graham was the playmaker of the day with two interceptions and another pass breakup. His last interception in the end zone came from him reading Smith's eyes and leaving his assigned receiver to make the play. Lardarius Webb was the best tackler on the field and led the team with six. He also forced the ball out for a third-down incompletion in the second quarter. Safety James Ihedigbo is at his best when he's in the box. Rookie Matt Elam has a tendency to be a step behind on those crossing routes. Grade: A.

Special teams: Justin Tucker accounted for the Ravens' first 12 points, making all four field goals on the day. His 53-yarder was a season long. Sam Koch hit a perfect 64-yard punt that was downed at the Jets' 2-yard line early in the third quarter, a change of field position that eventually led to a field goal. He put two fourth-quarter punts inside the 20-yard line. Tandon Doss made the critical mistake of not fielding a punt, which rolled to the Ravens' 8-yard line (it cost the Ravens 25 yards in field position). Jacoby Jones took the rest of the punts and showed explosion in doing so. He averaged 21.6 yards on five punts, including a 37-yarder in the third quarter. On that punt, Courtney Upshaw cleared the way with a crushing block. Grade: A.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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