Bengals 34, Ravens 26

Nfl Week 7

October 20, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

Position Edge

Ravens rushing vs. Bengals run defense

Ravens - - Jamal Lewis extended his team record to five consecutive 100-yard games. But the Bengals' front got consistent penetration and made Lewis work for his yards. Of his 101 yards, 70 came on three runs -- 12, 23 and 35 yards.

Ravens passing vs. Bengals pass defense

Bengals - - Although Kyle Boller delivered the first 300-yard game of his career, his mistakes outweighed his passing total. Three Boller turnovers (two fumbles and one interception) led to 17 points for Cincinnati. Tlght end Todd Heap reasserted himself in the offense with seven catches for 129 yards.

Bengals rushing vs. Ravens run defense

Ravens - - The Ravens' run defense held Cincinnati to 2.1yards a carry and didn't allow a run of more than 11 yards. The only negative was Corey Dillon's crashing the middle of the goal-line defense for a 2-yard touchdown. Surprisingly, linebacker Ray Lewis recorded just five tackles.

Bengals passing vs. Ravens pass defense

Bengals - - The Bengals' Jon Kitna finished with a quarterback rating of 130 (out of a possible 156.3) by throwing for 274 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Receiver Chad Johnson (five catches for 130 yards) caused the Ravens fits, and the Bengals repeatedly threw to him when matched up against cornerback Corey Fuller.

Special teams

Bengals - - The Ravens placed themselves inside their own 20 twice with penalties on kickoff returns, and they negated a big fourth-quarter punt return with an illegal block. Ed Reed took a big risk in the fourth quarter when he fielded a punt 2 yards in the end zone.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Todd Heap. The Ravens' tight end tied a career high for catches with seven for 129 yards.

Thumbs down

Kyle Boller. The rookie quarterback dug a huge hole for the Ravens with two fumbles and an interception in the first 21 minutes.

Stat of the game

17. Points converted off three Ravens turnovers. The Bengals had converted six points off turnovers in their previous five games.

Quotable

"Forgive me if I'm not popping champagne bottles for him. At the appropriate time, that's one where you say, `Good job.'" - Ravens coach Brian Billick on losing to former defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.

Trainer's room

Boller sprained his left shoulder with 1:20 left in the game but is expected to start Sunday. Jamal Lewis had soreness in the shoulder he injured last week and did not play the final four plays. Cornerback Tom Knight (groin, fourth quarter) and right guard Bennie Anderson (shoulder, third quarter) both were injured and did not return.

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