The Ravens put together their most complete game of the season on Sunday with a 38-6 beatdown of the Dolphins, winners of six straight coming in.
The script was a refreshing one for the Ravens offense — four touchdown passes, 24 first-half points, crisp execution — but the defense did what it's done all season, shutting down Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi and making the Dolphins earn every yard.
The only Dolphins points, in fact, came after they began inside the Ravens 10-yard line because of a Dennis Pitta fumble.
We've already handed out report cards to the offense, so now it's time to grade the defense and special teams.
DEFENSIVE LINE: B+
Ajayi averaged 5.1 yards a carry (12-61) but the Ravens' 24-0 halftime lead pretty much eliminated Ajayi as a big factor in the second half.
Although Ajayi slipped some tackles, the Dolphins totaled 1 yard rushing on carries by four other players.
Timmy Jernigan was a force inside again but took a stupid taunting penalty after head-butting a Dolphins player. That type of penalty has been too common in his career, but largely absent this season, which has been Jernigan's best yet.
Brent Urban picked up his second sack of the season.
Zach Orr continues to impress. He led all players with 13 tackles.
The Ravens linebackers had just one sack, by rookie Matt Judon, but they were pressuring Ryan Tannehill often. Terrell Suggs and Judon each had two of the Ravens nine quarterback hits. Za'Darius Smith also had a quarterback hit as he returned to action after being benched last week.
The Ravens linebackers did a decent job setting the edge on the run, though Ajayi broke some tackles at the line of scrimmage.
The secondary might have had its best game of the season, with rangy plays, physical coverage, seven passes defensed and three interceptions.
Lardarius Webb's interception in the end zone was outstanding. He ranged far and made a leaping grab to kill a Dolphins drive. It was easily the best play he's made since converting to safety.
His safety counterpart, Eric Weddle, also had an interception near the end zone to kill another Dolphins drive and returned it 53 yards.
Jerraud Powers tipped the pass that Weddle intercepted and also had an interception of his own.
The Ravens did a great job containing talented Dolphins receivers and showing looks that seemed to confuse Tannehill.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Another week, another 50-plus bomb from kicker Justin Tucker, who hit from 55 yards to end the half and extend his streak to 35 field goals without a miss. Four of his last five have come from 52 yards or farther.
Sam Koch had an uneven day punting, shanking one kick for 16 yards. He averaged 31 yards on three punts, but two of them pinned the Dolphins inside their 15-yard line.
Devin Hester, who has said he's finally healthy again, didn't show much. He had one kickoff return for 17 yards and totaled 3 yards on three punt returns.
In a weekly occurrence, the Ravens again had two illegal-block penalties on punt returns (Shareece Wright, Matt Judon).
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