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Jaguars pass by Ravens, 24-10 Brunell throws for 376, linebacker Lewis hurt in key Central loss

September 21, 1998|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Marchibroda replaced Harbaugh with Zeier with 8: 38 left in the second quarter after Harbaugh completed four of nine passes for 59 yards and led the Ravens to a Matt Stover 25-yard field goal with 1: 29 remaining in the first period.

JTC Marchibroda said he went with Zeier to ignite his offense, not because the tendinitis in Harbaugh's right elbow or the hyper-extended ring finger on his right throwing hand were causing problems. Harbaugh, though, didn't seem to get the green light to throw downfield as much as Zeier and was replaced after three straight running plays.

"I'm not talking for Ted, but Eric is a pretty hot quarterback," said Harbaugh. "I had an opportunity, I didn't get it done. I guess Ted had a gut feeling for what he wanted to do and he went with it. I'm not going to second-guess him. We came in here to get a win and we didn't accomplish that. We have to find a way to move the ball downfield with 12- to 14-play drives, not just in big chunks."

The Ravens wanted to be a power running team this season, but thus far haven't established the run with any consistency. The Ravens had 81 yards yesterday on 25 attempts, 67 on 20 carries from second-year running back Jay Graham. Veteran running back Errict Rhett didn't play because of a hamstring injury.

Once the team fell behind in the third quarter, the Ravens were forced to abandon the run and throw. Zeier, who had a 56-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to receiver Jermaine Lewis, was 13 of 25 for 189 yards for the game. The Ravens showed little desire to throw downfield early in the game.

Marchibroda said he will decrease the amount of running plays the Ravens use in preparation for the Cincinnati Bengals next week. Left guard Wally Williams said the Ravens didn't use all the running plays against Jacksonville they practiced last week and he felt the running game was going fine until the third quarter.

"It's Ted's prerogative," said left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden. "The coaches call the plays, we just go out and execute them."

Zeier said: "I don't know if we did quite what we wanted to do running the ball, but when you get behind late in the game, you have to throw the ball a little more. They put some pressure on us and made some adjustments in the second half."

Ravens bring out Brunell's best

Of Mark Brunell's 10 best passing yardage games in the NFL, four have been against the Ravens:

Date, Opponent, Comp-Att, Yd., TD, Int, Result

9/22/96, at New England, 23-39, 432, 3, 1, N.E. 28-25, OT

10/20/96, at St. Louis, 37-52, 421, 0, 5, St. L. 17-14

9/20/98 Ravens, 25-34, 376, 2, 0, Jax 24-10

Cincinnati, 21-34, 356, 2, 2, Jax 30-27

Ravens, 24-37, 354, 1, 1, Jax 30-27

Ravens, 25-40, 317, 1, 1, Jax 29-27

at Buffalo, 24-32, 317, 0, 1, Jax 20-14

12/10/95 Indianapolis, 26-39, 312, 3, 1, Indy 41-31

at Ravens, 28-46, 306, 2, 2, Jax 28-25, OT

9/22/97 Pittsburgh, 24-42, 306, 1, 0, Jax 30-21

Pub Date: 9/21/98

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