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November 11, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

A breakdown of the Ravens' 33-22 loss to the Rams on Sunday night in St. Louis:

Ravens rushing vs. Rams run defense

RAMS - Jamal Lewis recorded his seventh 100-yard game of the season, but it was all for naught. The league's leading rusher fumbled twice, costing them in the red zone in the first quarter and helping the Rams to a field goal in the fourth. After gaining 43 yards on his first two carries, he produced 68 yards on 25 attempts (2.7-yard average). Reverses to tight end Todd Heap and Travis Taylor totaled 6 yards.

Ravens passing vs. Rams pass defense

RAMS - Quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Chris Redman combined for three interceptions and two fumbles. Boller's interception and fumble were converted into touchdowns. After Boller was sidelined with torn quadriceps above his left knee, Redman nearly had as many sacks (five) as completions (seven). Taylor had three drops and Heap surprisingly had one bounce off his chest. It's a rough night when left tackle Jonathan Ogden catches the only touchdown pass.

Rams rushing vs. Ravens run defense

RAVENS - The Ravens had their best effort of the season in holding the Rams and running back Marshall Faulk to a total of 47 yards rushing. Faulk broke a 16-yard run but was limited to 1.6 yards on his other 19 carries. The only disappointment was allowing Faulk to punch in touchdowns from 5 yards and 1 yard. In their first eight games, the Ravens had surrendered only three rushing touchdowns.

Rams passing vs. Ravens pass defense

RAVENS - The silencing of St. Louis' passing game was thorough and relentless. The Ravens pressured quarterback Marc Bulger, throwing off his timing with four sacks. There were few options for Bulger because of the Ravens' airtight coverage, which gave up three first downs passing. Cornerback Chris McAlister shut down Torry Holt, the league's leading receiver, who was held to season lows of three catches and 38 yards. Linebacker Ray Lewis had an interception for the third straight week.

Special teams

RAMS - A bad bounce off a Ravens punt led to a 44-yard punt return by Dane Looker to the Ravens' 1-yard line. But the return was helped by the Ravens standing around rather than pursuing the ball like Looker. The Ravens' Lamont Brightful was a threat on punt returns, averaging 15 yards on five runbacks. The kicking game was a push as the Ravens' Matt Stover hit all three field goals (two of which were from 41 yards) and the Rams' Jeff Wilkins converted all four of his tries (three from 46 yards and beyond).

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