Colts 22, Ravens 20

Nfl Week 6

October 14, 2002|By Jamison Hensley

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. Colts run defense -- RAVENS -- Running back Jamal Lewis gained 75 yards but made an impact in the second half. His 5-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-one changed the complexion of the game. It was surprising that the Ravens stressed running the ball and Lewis finished with just 21 carries. It's the first time in 14 games that the Ravens lost when Lewis received more than 20 carries.

Ravens passing vs. Colts pass defense -- COLTS -- Quarterback Chris Redman played a subpar game (56.1 quarterback rating), and his two biggest mistakes cost the Ravens in a close game. His throw into triple coverage at the end of the first half was intercepted and was converted into a field goal. And he waited too long on the Ravens' final offensive play, which resulted in a fumble and took them out of field-goal range. Lewis led the Ravens with seven catches.

Colts rushing vs. Ravens run defense -- RAVENS -- Despite playing without inside linebacker Ray Lewis, the Ravens shut down Colts running back Edgerrin James. They held James to a career-low 43 yards and limited him to 2.5 yards per carry. Inside linebacker Ed Hartwell raised his game in Lewis' absence, cutting through blockers to register a game-high 11 tackles. The Ravens' front of Kelly Gregg, Maake Kemoeatu and Tony Weaver got good penetration.

Colts passing vs. Ravens pass defense -- COLTS -- The game came down to a pass interference call on Gary Baxter, who needed to turn his head back to avoid the flag. The Ravens surrendered a 39-yard catch to Marvin Harrison on the Colts' first scoring drive and then eliminated the big plays. Harrison, though, worked underneath and caught 12 passes for 150 yards. The Ravens sacked quarterback Peyton Manning five times.

Special teams -- EVEN -- Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt hit five field goals including the game-winner from 38 yards out. Ravens kicker Matt Stover supplied the team's offense in the first half and converted a 51-yard field goal, his longest with the Ravens. Colts punter Hunter Smith launched a 69-yard punt and averaged 51.7 yards per attempt. Ravens punter Dave Zastudil placed half of his six kicks inside the 20-yard line as the Ravens controlled the field position battle in the first half.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Jamal Lewis. The Ravens' running back accounted for 77 of his team's 142 yards of total offense in the second half and scored both of its touchdowns.

Thumbs down

Fumbles. The Ravens tied a team record with seven fumbles, the last of which took them out of field-goal range in their last possession. Rookie Javin Hunter has to hold onto the ball.

Stat of the game

6. Points scored by the Colts off the Ravens' two turnovers. The Ravens are 0-3 this season when quarterback Chris Redman throws an interception.

Quotable

"You didn't have to be where I was to see what happened. You just had to be in the stadium." - Jonathan Ogden, on questioning the critical fourth-quarter pass interference call.

Trainer's room

Defensive end Marques Douglas (hyperextended knee) left in the first half and didn't return. He will get an MRI today. ... Linebacker Ray Lewis (partial dislocated shoulder), center Mike Flynn (ankle), receiver Brandon Stokley (ankle), defensive end Michael McCrary (knee) and linebacker J.R. Johnson (thigh) were all inactive.

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