Baltimore Ravens Highest and Lowest Rated Players Week Nine


Nov 2, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) runs after a pass reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens suffered a heart wrenching loss the Bengals in week eight on a questionable offensive pass interference call.  In week nine, they simply did it to themselves in a sloppy, error filled game.  The Ravens imploded in the second half after keeping it relatively close through halftime.

As we do each week, we like to highlight the players who are contributing to the team’s successes, and point out those that are actually hurting the team, in our weekly segment devoted to the Baltimore Ravens highest and lowest rated players based on grades from the stats gurus at Pro Football Focus.

Based on those stats, here are your Baltimore Ravens highest and lowest rated players from week nine of the NFL season.

Highest Rated Offensive Players: Rick Wagner (3.2), Marshal Yanda (2.5), Justin Forsett (2.0), Kelechi Osemele (1.0), Owen Daniels (0.7).

In a week where most of the team graded out poorly, 3/5’s of the offensive line continued to play well .  Wagner, Yanda, and Osemele have been the most consistent players on offense through nine weeks.  Forsett again ran well, but the Ravens again abandoned the run once they trailed by two scores.  The fact that Daniels returned and played well merely days after undergoing a knee scope is simply amazing.

Lowest Rated Offensive Players: Jeremy Zuttah (-6.6), Eugene Monroe (-2.8), Joe Flacco (-2.4), Lorenzo Taliaferro (-1.5), Steve Smith (-1.3).

Zuttah put in his worst game of the season, giving up a sack and seven hurries on Joe Flacco.  Monroe allowed another sack, two hits, and a hurry.  Flacco made some very questionable decisions as the Ravens went pass heavy in the second half.  Taliaferro committed a momentum shifting fumble in an otherwise inefficient day.  Smith Sr. has put together a streak of bad performances after starting the season off hot and is having trouble separating the last two weeks.

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Highest Rated Defensive Players: Daryl Smith (1.8), Timmy Jernigan (1.7), Chris Canty (1.7), Will Hill (1.4), Brandon Williams (0.6).

Smith played a heck of a game against the run but was a bit of a liability in coverage, like most of the defense.  The return of Jernigan and Canty makes an already imposing run defense even more imposing as the Ravens limited the Steelers to 55 yards on the ground despite 25 attempts.  Hill thankfully played a ton of snaps this week but was the only member of the secondary who had a good game.  Williams continues to be a force in the middle against the run, but isn’t generating any pass rush.

Lowest Rated Defensive Players: Lardarius Webb (-5.6), Dominique Franks (-2.3), Darian Stewart (-1.7), Terrell Suggs (-1.3), Chykie Brown (1.2).

Webb has quite simply been a liability on this defense since returning from injury.  He is running out of time with the Ravens. Franks followed up his OK performance last week with a dismal one, as did perennial disappointment Chykie Brown.  Now both have found themselves on the street following their release on Tuesday.  Stewart has been a burn victim all year.  Suggs has his worst game of the season and committed a stupid penalty while generating no pressure outside of one hurry.