Dolphins 9, Ravens 6

Nfl Week 11

November 17, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. Dolphins run defense

DOLPHINS - - Jamal Lewis' fumble in overtime cost the Ravens the game. The league's leading rusher was held under 100 yards for Just the third tlme in 10 games as Miami repeatedly stuffed the running holes. His 19-yard gain early in the fourth quarter was the longest against the Dolphins' defense this season. But his 3.4 yards per carry ranked as his second-lowest average of the year.

Ravens passing vs. Dolphins pass defense

DOLPHINS - - In his first start in two years, quarter-back Anthony Wright struggled with his consistency. He averaged only 8 yards per comple-tion and was intercepted twice. The first pick was an under-thrown deep pass down the middle of the field and the other was a throw that went behind tight end Todd Heap. Running back Chester Taylor dropped two passes that hit off his chest.

Dolphins rusing vs. Ravens run defense

RAVENS - - Although Ricky Williams became the second running back to crack 100 yards against the Ravens, he was held in check for the most part. He averaged 2.9 yards on 36 carries. The Ravens had a great scheme, timing their run blitzes with Ed Reed perfectly. Linebacker Ray Lewis finished with 12 tackles.

Dolphins passing vs. Ravens pass defense

RAVENS - - The Ravens stopped Miami on 12 of 15 third-down attempts. They didn't allow a pass over 17 yards but were helped out by Dolphins quarterback Brian Griese. Al-though the coverage was solid, Miami could have had a couple of big downfield plays if Griese had not overthrown his receivers. Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister had an average per-formance compared to his re-cent efforts, allowing Chris Chambers to catch three passes in man-to-man coverage.

Special teams

RAVENS - - Lamont Brightful's 73-yard kickoff return set up the Ravens' first field goal. The Ravens' Matt Stover made field goals from 39 and 45 yards and has converted 12 straight attempts. His counterpart, Miami's Olindo Mare, missed wide right on a 48-yard, go-ahead try in the fourth quar-ter. Ravens kickoff specialist Wade Richey used the wind to his advantage in recording touchbacks on all four attempts.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Ed Reed. The strong safety was everywhere, intercepting a pass, tackling Ricky Williams in the backfield and nearly blocking a couple of punts.

Thumbs down

Running back Jamal Lewis. Whether it's a lack of focus or wearing down, the league's leading rusher is hurting the Ravens with poor ball security. He has turned the ball over three times in the past two weeks.

Stat of the game

25. Turnovers made by the Ravens in 10 games, including three yesterday. Last year, the Ravens turned the ball over 32 times the entire season.

Quotable

"We win as a team and lose as a team. But at the same time, we know we've got to do our part to help the team. If we score seven points, we win. We take it upon ourselves to get better." - Ravens receiver Travis Taylor, on the offense's failure to produce a touchdown.

Trainer's room

Defensive end Tony Weaver (shoulder injury) did not play the second half. ... Tight end Todd Heap (sprained knee) went down on the Ravens' second-to-last offensive play but said he should play Sunday against Seattle. ... Receiver Frank Sanders (sprained right ankle) was inactive, missing his second game of the season.

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