Ravens highest and lowest rated players, week 3

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Sep 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) catches a pass from quarterback Andy Dalton (14) (not pictured) as Baltimore Ravens free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) and cornerback Rashaan Melvin (38) defends during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lowest rated defensive players

Rashaan Melvin (-4.2), Jimmy Smith (-3.2), Carl Davis (-1.7), Anthony Levine (-1.0), Kyle Arrington (-0.8)

If not for the secondary, this wasn’t a bad defensive performance at all.  Unfortunately, the Bengals’ pass catchers ran wild against an overmatched and confused Ravens’ defensive backfield.

Rashaan Melvin gave up 2 receptions on 3 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown, along with a stellar 149.3 opposing passer rating.  All of that production came against #2 receiver Marvin Jones.

Jimmy Smith had the more daunting task of guarding A.J. Green, but isn’t that what top corners do? Green made him look absolutely silly, grabbing 7 of his 10 targets for a ridiculous 227 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The only positive is that Smith managed an interception in the end zone.

Carl Davis had a nice offseason and first week, but has since taken a few steps back.  He has held up well as a pass rusher but has struggled against the run, which is not a problem the rest of the D-line rotation has had to worry about.

Levine played one snap, so if you missed it we won’t blame you.

Arrington has been largely disappointing so far after the Ravens brought him in to solidify their slot corner spot.  This week he gave up 3 receptions on 3 targets for 46 yards while covering Marvin Jones, faring only slightly better than Melvin.

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