Best and worst

January 01, 2001|By Jamison Hensley

Best revenge: Ravens TE Shannon Sharpe had three catches for 73 yards and a TD against his former team. Denver, which deemed Sharpe too expensive to re-sign, got three receptions for 13 yards out of its tight ends.

Best rookie: Denver RB Mike Anderson may win the Rookie of the Year awards, but the Ravens' Jamal Lewis won bragging rights. Lewis rushed for 110 yards, more than doubling Anderson's 40-yard effort.

Worst collision: On the kickoff to open the second half, Ravens SS Kim Herring suffered a left ankle sprain on a freak play. Teammate Brad Jackson was tackling Byron Chamberlain from behind when he inadvertently got tangled with Herring, who is questionable for Sunday's game.

Best block: On Sharpe's 58-yard TD, Ravens FB Sam Gash cleared the sideline by plowing Broncos LB Bill Romanowski out of bounds. As a result, Sharpe scored untouched.

Best retaliation: The Ravens' defensive linemen talked all week that they were too athletic for the Broncos' cut-blocking. They backed up that claim in impressive fashion, holding Denver to 42 yards rushing as well as registering five sacks and four knocked-down passes.

Worst miscommuni- cation: The Ravens had only one major lapse in protection, and it cost them. Denver S Billy Jenkins blitzed off the right edge unblocked in the third quarter and drove his helmet into the jaw of Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer, who suffered a minor concussion but missed only one series.

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