BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops a two point conversion attempt while being covered by defensive back Chykie Brown #23 of the Baltimore Ravens during the closing moments of the Ravens 22-20 win at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Mike Preston writes a column for the Baltimore Sun in the sports section.
Every week Mike grades the Ravens performance, and here are his grades for the Ravens 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun:
Joe Flacco had one of his best games. The most impressive part was his footwork in the pocket. Grade: A
Running backs: C+
The Ravens didn’t run for a lot of yardage, but both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce ran hard. Grade: C+
Pittsburgh has given up a lot of big plays this season and the Ravens took advantage of the cornerbacks, particularly Ike “Not So Tough Guy” Taylor. Grade: B
Defensive line: C
The entire defense played with a lot of intensity. Haloti Ngata and Arthur Jones were dominant up front for three quarters and got solid relief from backup Pernell McPhee. Grade C
Special teams: A
Returner Jacoby Jones has become effective again, so much that the Steelers started kicking away from him in the fourth quarter. Jones is instant offense. Grade: A
The Ravens started off the game and played with great intensity. Head coach John Harbaugh had his team ready to play. Grade: B