Ravens-Browns Game Recap

October 08, 2002|By Jamison Hensley

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. Browns run defense

Running back Jamal Lewis made it clear that he has fully recovered from last year's knee surgery. He tied a career high with 187 yards rushing, producing 138 in the second half. The offensive line was aggressive and Lewis was patient in waiting for the holes to open. The Ravens are 13-0 when Lewis carries more than 20 times.

Ravens passing vs. Browns pass defense

Chris Redman had a quarterback rating over 100 for the second straight week. The first-year starter managed the game perfectly and helped the Ravens convert five of 10 third downs in a dominating first half. The ball was distributed evenly, with receivers (eight receptions), running backs (seven) and tight end Todd Heap (eight) all getting involved. Redman has not been intercepted in his past 57 pass attempts.

Browns rushing vs. Ravens run defense

The Ravens' delivered their stingiest effort this season, holding the Browns to 62 yards on the ground. Stuffing Cleveland running back William Green on a third-and-one play near the end of the first half was key. The Ravens have held every opposing running back under 84 yards rushing, and only one (Carolina's Lamar Smith), has racked up more than 55 yards.

Browns passing vs. Ravens pass defense

The Ravens held the Browns to 71 yards passing in the first half and then surrendered 325 yards in the air in the second. The disturbing part for the Ravens was that their defenders were in position to make plays but dropped a handful of interceptions. But they closed when it counted, as safety Ed Reed picked off the final pass in the end zone. The Ravens also hit Cleveland quarterbacks frequently.

Special teams

Even

The Ravens were solid on coverage teams and Matt Stover kicked field goals of 43, 28, 27 and 28 yards. But not recovering the Browns' late onside kick - Phil Dawson fell on his own kick - could have given the game away. Chris McAlister again provided a spark with a 28-yard punt return.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Offensive line. This unit has become a strength the past two weeks. The group dominated physically, helping to produce a 201-yard running attack, and was nearly flawless in pass protection, giving up no sacks.

Thumbs down

Another second-half lapse. For the second time in six days, the game was closer than it should have been. The Ravens were outscored 21-3 in the fourth quarter and could have sealed the game sooner. They dropped a couple of possible interceptions that could have been returned for touchdowns.

Stat of the game

409. Total yards of offense by the Ravens. It's the first time the Ravens have topped 400 yards since Oct. 7, 2001.

Quotable

"I really don't get nervous. I think that's one of my strengths. I focus on what I have to do that I can fade away from people talking to me, crowd noise and opponents." - Redman, on keeping his cool.

Trainer's room

Inside linebacker Ray Lewis (partially dislocated shoulder), center Mike Flynn (sprained ankle) and backup safety Chad Williams (hip pointer) were injured Sunday night. The biggest concerns are Lewis and Flynn.

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