Mike Preston covers the Ravens and writes a column for the Baltimore Sun sports section.

Mike joined the MMQB crew to give his grades to the Ravens in a 24-16 loss in Cincinnati.

Mike started out by grading the performance of Ryan Mallett giving him a C- and saying “his arm seemed to tired, and it might have been from throwing 56 passes.” As for the running backs, Mike gave them a D and said, “Allen and West ran hard in the first half, but both looked tired in the second, especially Allen.”

The receivers were given a grade of C with Mike saying, “Ravens receivers dropped a few passes, especially on third down.” Mike gave the offensive line a grade of B- saying “the Ravens protected Mallett well in the first half when they had a running game, but the Bengals started getting more pressure in the second after the Ravens abandoned the run.”

On the defensive side of the ball Mike started by grading the line with a B- saying “end Timmy Jernigan and nose tackle Brandon Williams had strong games, but they also failed to hold their gaps at times.” Mike gave the linebackers a grade of B- and said “C.J. Mosley made some plays and pressured the quarterback but struggled again in pass coverage…fellow inside linebacker Daryl Smith might have played his worst game as a Raven.” The secondary received a grade of C+ with Mike saying “they missed a lot of tackles.”

Finally Mike gave the special teams a grade of B+ and the coaching staff a grade of B with Mike saying “with a team that was trying to play spoiler, coach John Harbaugh got a strong effort on the road in the last game of the season.”

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