Ravens scouting report

Sunday, November 22, 1998

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback - A hyperextended finger and tendinitis have plagued Jim Harbaugh, who has started in six of his eight appearances, including the last three in a row. Since throwing three TD passes against Jacksonville on Nov. 1, Harbaugh has been sacked 10 times in two games and has completed just 22 of 50 passes for 252 yards. Don't be surprised to see Eric Zeier, who was 15-for-20 for 254 yards in the Ravens' 31-24 victory on Sept. 27.

    Running back - Priest Holmes has kept the starting running back's spot since his 173-yard effort against the Bengals in his first career start, though he has averaged only 3.2 yards per carry in the succeeding six games. He and fullback Roosevelt Potts can be effective receivers, having caught 30 and 23 passes, respectively.

    Wide receivers - tight ends - Jermaine Lewis might be the league's most dangerous big-play artist. Lewis' red zone begins at the 50-yard line: He has averaged 57.6 yards on his eight touchdowns, six of which he scored as a receiver. Lewis caught a 73-yard scoring pass in the first Bengals game. Michael Jackson frequently has solid games against Cincinnati (49 catches and 733 yards in 13 games). Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Eric Green, who has missed three games with injuries, usually has solid games against everybody.

    Offensive line - Wally Williams, who was good enough to be designated the team's franchise player in last offseason's free-agency period, started the first seven games at left guard but has moved to center for the last three games. Ben Cavil is the new left guard. Left tackle Jonathan Ogden, right tackle Orlando Brown and right guard Jeff Blackshear have started all 10 games.

  • DEFENSE

  • Defensive line - Ends Michael McCrary and Rob Burnett and left tackle James Jones had a sack apiece in the first Bengals game, though they seemingly spent most of the game in Cincinnati's backfield. Right tackle Tony Siragusa, who the Bengals chased in free agency two offseasons ago, has 43 tackles despite enduring an ankle injury through most of the year.

    Linebackers - Middleman Ray Lewis is back after missing the first Bengals game and another one with a dislocated left elbow and still has managed to lead the team with 75 tackles. Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson's Florida State teammate, has followed his 1997 Defensive Rookie of the Year with 6 sacks. Jerry Olsavsky, the 10-year veteran who the Bengals released in training camp after he suffered a wrist injury, has played the last three games as a reserve.

    Secondary - The Ravens have the best of both worlds, young and old. Cornerback Duane Starks leads all rookies with four interceptions while the other cornerback, future Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, is tied with eight other players for second in the league with five interceptions. Corey Harris will start at free safety for injured Kim Herring (shoulder). Stevon Moore has started all 10 games at strong safety.

    Special teams - Lewis burned the Bengals for one of his two punt returns for a touchdown this season, an 87-yarder for the game's winning points. Matt Stover has made 14 of 20 field goals, though he's just 7-for-13 from 40 yards and beyond. Punter Kyle Richardson ranks fifth in the AFC in net average (37.6 yards) despite suffering two blocks.


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    - Players to watch
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