Nickel package

October 01, 2001

Thumbs up:

To the Ravens' defense. The record-breaking group raised its level to last year's form by holding the NFL's second-ranked offense to season-worst totals in points (13), yards (228) and turnovers (three).

Thumbs down:

To the Ravens' kickoff coverage. The field position battle was won by the Broncos, who averaged 33 yards on five kickoff returns.

Stat of game:

3. Times that the Ravens' defense allowed Denver to penetrate within its 31-yard line.

Quotable:

"It's just the team we needed to play and just where we needed to play it after losing to Cincinnati. So the character that some of you thought had left, evidently hasn't left. We can feel very good about what we did today."

-- Ravens coach Brian Billick on the significance of the win.

Trainer's room:

Defensive tackle Tony Siragusa suffered a mild concussion in the third quarter but returned to the game.

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