Ravens 26, Cardinals 18

Nfl Week 6

October 13, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. Cardinals run defense -- ravens -- The Ravens produced 75 percent (213 of 285 yards) of their total offense on the ground. It was a double-duty effort as Jamal Lewis ran for 131 yards on 21 carries and backup Chester Taylor contributed 45 yards on 10 attempts. The offensive line again dug in and created lanes against stacked lines.

Cardinals rushing vs. Ravens run defense -- EVEN -- Backup running back Marcel Shipp surprisingly broke some strong runs off the edges and finished with 61 yards on 14 carries. It was the third straight game that the Ravens have allowed a team to average 4.4 yards or better per carry. But Shipp's runs didn't play a major role in any of the three Arizona scoring drives.

Cardinals passing vs. Ravens pass defense -- RAVENS -- The Ravens picked off former teammate Jeff Blake three times, and cornerback Chris McAlister returned one interception 83 yards for a touchdown. Blake finished with 247 yards passing, but 65 came on the game-opening drive. The Ravens put consistent pressure on Blake in the second and third quarters, which forced Blake to make several poor throws.

Special teams -- RAVENS -- The Ravens' Ed Reed had the third blocked punt of his career and returned it for a touchdown. Matt Stover converted converted field-goal attempts, hitting from 31, 22, 29 and 37 yards. He even filled in for injured Wade Richey on kickoffs, placing four of his seven tries inside the 10-yard line, including one touchback.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up - Safety Ed Reed. The second-year player continues to change the momentum of games. His blocked punt turned the game in the Ravens' favor late in the first half and his interception at the Ravens' 7-yard line with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game proved critical.

Thumbs down

Cornerback Chris McAlister. Nothing goes smoothly with the five-year veteran. During his 83-yard interception return for a touchdown, McAlister pointed the ball at the Cardinals during the runback and was flagged for taunting.

Stat of the game

120. Yards returned off three interceptions, which was 45 more than the Ravens' passing total (75 yards).

Quotable

"Sometimes you need those games where you get a blocked punt or an interception returned for a touchdown. A win is a win. When it's Week 12 and we're fighting for a playoff spot, nobody is going to care what the score was. We're pretty happy with that." - Ravens center Mike Flynn, after a victory that included four field goals, and touchdowns from the defense and special teams.

Trainer's room

Left guard Edwin Mulitalo sprained his left ankle on the first drive and was sidelined for the final three quarters. He said he expects to start Sunday against the Bengals. ... Running back Jamal Lewis injured his shoulder in the third quarter, but the X-rays were negative. He did not miss a series.

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