The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) hosted the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) on Sunday and went on to lose for the first time this season after kicking off the year with back-to-back wins.
Even though the Flock had multiple chances to close the game early (as early as the first quarter when Kenyan Drake fumbled), they ultimately allowed the Colts to send the game to overtime and saw kicker Matt Gay put them to the sword on a 22-19 OT loss.
A loss is a loss, but that doesn't mean the Ravens didn't have a single player at least trying to earn the organization their third consecutive win in 2023. And oh, there surely were some duds inside the M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Here are the 10 best and 10 worst Ravens according to PFF grades on both sides of the ball, only accounting for performers with 50+ snaps on offense and 24+ snaps on defense.
Best 5 PFF Grades - Baltimore Ravens Defensive Studs
- ILB Roquan Smith - 89.9
- CB/S Kyle Hamilton - 80.4
- OLB Jadeveon Clowney - 80.2
- DT Michael Pierce - 71.3
- CB Brandon Stephens - 70.3
The secondary and the second line of the defense were the two main units that reasonably helped the Ravens keep the Colts moderately at bay on Sunday.
Roquan Smith was his usual self, which is to say a top-5 defender in the NFL without regard for position. He sacked Gardner Minshew once, completed 13 tackles, and only allowed one reception on three targeted passes.
Kyle Hamilton stepped up to the plate marvelously when put in the nickel corner position and had his best game ever sacking Minshew three times in the first half alone while tackling six foes and deflecting one pass.
Jadeveon Clowney was the best edge rusher on Sunday with Odafe Oweh ruled out and David Ojabo leaving early with an ankle injury. Clowney completed two tackles and logged six QB pressures to go with a sack.
Michael Pierce completed five tackles while applying six pressures and Brandon Stephens was second in total tackles with 11, 10 of them all by himself.