This week’s edition of the Norris & Long Best Of includes Mike Preston grading the Ravens loss to the Jets, and Mel Antonen of MASN Sports previews the World Series.
Mike started by giving his grade to Joe Flacco giving him a grade of D saying “Joe Flacco threw well early in the game and was in sync with receiver Mike Wallace…but Flacco looks timid and isn’t planting his back foot on most of his throws.” The offensive line received a grade of F from Mike while the running backs also received an F, the wide receivers got a grade of B- with Mike saying “Mike Wallace started off strong and finished with 10 catches for 120 yards, and Kamar Aiken showed that he can be successful in the slot.”
Mike then turned his attention to the defense giving the defensive line a grade of B and the linebackers a grade of C+ saying “Zachary Orr led all in tackles with 11 while Albert McClellan had seven…Matt Judon had two sacks, Za’Darius Smith also got some pressures.” And Mike gave the secondary a grade of C saying “the Ravens tried different combinations and turned in a solid effort in pass coverage…safeties Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb were sloppy and late in making tackles.”
Finally Mike graded the special teams giving them a grade of B+, and the coaching staff received a grade of C-.
Mel started off by talking about what is the most attractive part of this World Series match-up saying “the match-ups are always interesting…but the number one story in all of this is the drought, the fact that the Cubs the last time they were in the World Series black players were not allowed to play that gives you some perspective.”
When asked about which team he liked most and who will take the series and why Mel said “I think the Cubs overall are stronger, the Indians big advantage is in the bullpen but it’s a slight advantage and the offenses are very even…the fact that both teams have had some power throughout the first two series is interesting but overall the Cubs are the better team with less questions around their line-up.”
Finally Mel made his prediction for series MVP choosing Dexter Fowler of the Cubs.