J. Lewis catches on as a receiver, too

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Redman's `bailout' snares 7 for 51 yards

Manning is sacked by 5 Ravens

Colts 22, Ravens 20

Nfl Week 6

October 14, 2002|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

INDIANAPOLIS - After the Ravens' heartbreaking 22-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome yesterday, faces in the locker room were - as they should have been - sour.

There was, however, one brief moment of levity provided by running back Jamal Lewis, who cracked the scene's only smile after discussing his offensive production. Lewis caught seven passes for 51 yards and rushed 21 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

"You're not used to seeing that, huh?" Lewis said when asked about his pass-catching ability. "It's just Chris [Redman] getting reads and using me as a bailout."

The Ravens had 142 yards total offense in the second half, and Lewis accounted for 77. He showed up Colts running back Edgerrin James, who was held to a career-low 43 yards on 17 carries. James, normally one of the league's most dangerous backs, also was held to 8 yards on four catches.

"Hats off to the coaching staff," linebacker Peter Boulware said. "[Defensive coordinator] Mike Nolan, [linebackers coach] Mike Smith and the staff, they really put us in position to make plays. ... Then the rest of the guys, Eddie Hartwell and those guys stepped up and played well."

While James struggled, Lewis gave the Colts' defense problems, especially in the red zone. Both of his touchdowns came from 5 yards out, with the first one on a fourth-and-one in the third quarter that tied the game at 13. Lewis just powered up the middle through the heart of the Colts' defense on the second touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"I think we got stronger as the game went on," Lewis said. "The line picked up the tempo and got in a groove."

Bringing the pressure

Playing without end Michael McCrary (knee), the Ravens still managed a tremendous pass rush on Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning was sacked five times by five different Ravens, one more time than he had been sacked all season heading into the game.

Kelly Gregg and Maake Kemoeatu, normally nose tackles, both saw time at end, and both recorded sacks.

"It's good to have an opportunity to step up to the plate," said Kemoeatu, who also had a key pressure on Manning that resulted in a fourth-quarter Anthony Mitchell interception. "We had some of our veterans down, so this is when we have to grow up as rookies."

Slippery fingers

With receiver Brandon Stokley an inactive player because of a sore ankle, Javin Hunter received an increased role in the offense, running a reverse for 9 yards and hauling in a 7-yard pass. He also had a 63-yard kickoff return on a throwback across the field from Robert Tate.

Hunter, though, fumbled twice.

"I fumbled the ball a couple of times, but luckily they didn't get it," Hunter said. "I just have to work on my ball protection. In that situation, I just have to get down, knowing guys are coming."

Hunter wasn't the only Raven having trouble holding onto the ball. Overall, the Ravens fumbled seven times but lost just two.

"Hard-hitting game on turf," coach Brian Billick said. "Stuff like that happens."

Confident kicker I

The Colts have arguably the best punter-kicker tandem in the league and it showed against the Ravens.

Punter Hunter Smith averaged 51.7 yards on six attempts, including a 69-yarder in the third quarter that placed the Ravens at their 18. Then there was kicker Mike Vanderjagt's five field goals, the last of which won the game with four seconds left.

Vanderjagt doesn't lack for confidence, that's for sure.

"I always kid around with Tony [Dungy], telling him that he never has to worry about my kicking," the Colts' fifth-year place-kicker said.

"But I'm glad that he has faith in me. I always want to have the opportunity to make a kick like I did at the end today."

Still carrying the title of the NFL's most accurate kicker despite going 5-for-7 in the Colts' first four games, Vanderjagt admitted that the game-winner against the Ravens ranks among his best performances.

"To get five field goals in a game is one thing, but to come in at the end and hit a pressure kick like that is really big for me," he said. "I'd have to say that it would rate right up there with the 50-yarder that I hit to beat Miami on the road in 1999. I mean, this was a big game and a big win for us."

Dungy wasn't surprised.

"Mike tells me all the time he is the most accurate kicker in the league, and we never need to worry when he's kicking the ball," Dungy said. "He told us to just get him close and he would pull it through. We all felt good about it on the sideline."

Confident kicker II

Feeling good after kicking a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter (tying his longest as a Raven), Matt Stover would have attempted a 52-yarder with the Ravens up 20-19 and just under three minutes left if not for a sack of Redman.

Chad Bratzke's 7-yard sack of Redman knocked the Ravens to the Colts' 40. Stover said he felt good about attempting field goals up to 53 yards in the dome.

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