Matchup Edge

Buccaneers 25, Ravens 0

Nfl Week 2

September 16, 2002|By Jamison Hensley

Ravens rushing vs. Bucs run defense

The Ravens couldn't break through a stacked front and gained only 17 yards on eight carries when the game was still within reach in the first half. Running back Jamal Lewis was again a nonfactor and finished with 53 yards rushing. Facing one of the quickest defenses in the league, the Ravens never tried to get Lewis to the outside and were resigned to pounding him between the tackles. Until the Ravens show some semblance of a passing game, teams will crowd the line of scrimmage to negate Lewis.

Ravens passing vs. Bucs pass defense

Quarterback Chris Redman was never in the game. He hurt the offense with countless misreads and poor throws. Getting adequate protection, Redman never appeared to develop any rhythm, either overthrowing or short-arming open receivers. He managed only four passes covering more than 9 yards. The Ravens were 4-for-15 (27 percent) on third downs.

Bucs rushing vs. Ravens run defense

Linebacker Ray Lewis racked up 17 tackles as the Ravens handled the Bucs' running game. Tampa Bay ground out 74 yards but only averaged 2.5 yards per carry. In reality, the Bucs didn't need to run the ball since their short passing game was clicking. The Ravens can take consolation in that they didn't surrender a run of more than 10 yards.

Bucs passing vs. Ravens pass defense

It seemed that the Ravens' secondary always left an open target underneath, and Brad Johnson capitalized. The Bucs' quarterback hit 77.4 percent of his passes and was the reason for Tampa Bay's dominance in time of possession. He never had to risk throwing over the top because Tampa Bay was content to settle for field goals.

Special teams

The turning point came in the first quarter, when Karl Williams was untouched in running back a punt 56 yards for a touchdown. Tampa Bay kicker Martin Gramatica supplied the scoring with three field goals. The Ravens' only field-goal attempt - a 55-yarder by J.R. Jenkins - was blocked. The Bucs' Tom Tupa averaged 50.0 yards on five punts, while Dave Zastudil placed four of his seven punts inside the 20-yard line.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

The Ravens' defense. This young group allowed Tampa Bay to run up and down the field, but it came up big in the red zone. However, the defense has yet to force a turnover to bail out a struggling offense.

Thumbs down

Quarterback Chris Redman. He took a step backward yesterday, stalling the offense with a subpar game. The first-year starter nearly threw four interceptions before being picked off by Derrick Brooks late in the fourth quarter.

Stat of the game

2.8. Average gain on the Ravens' 61 offensive plays.

Quotable

"You can teach all you want in practice, but the only real learning curve comes in a game." - Ravens coach Brian Billick, when asked if Redman had problems with the speed of the game.

Trainer's room

Running back Jamal Lewis (rib contusion), safety Ed Reed (abdominal strain), long snapper Joe Maese (strained thumb) and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (lower leg contusion) all missed time but returned. Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (mild concussion) left late in the fourth quarter.

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