Ravens 31, Bengals 13

Nfl Week 14

December 08, 2003|By Brent Jones

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. Bengals run defense

RAVENS - - Jamal Lewis dominated, rushing for 180 yards, the fourth-highest total of his career. Of Lewis' 30 carries, 18 were for 4 yards or more. Lewis' three touchdowns marked a career high. The Bengals were dominated so badly up front that safeties Mark Roman and Rogers Beckett were the top two tacklers.

Ravens passing vs. Bengals pass defense

BENGALS - - For the second straight week, Anthony Wright's primary role was to manage the game. He completed only eight passes. Five of those completions, though, converted first downs. Wright also threw two inexplicable interceptions, staring down Todd Heap on both before overthrowing the tight end.

Begals rushing vs. Ravens run defense

RAVENS - - As is usually the case when he faces the Ravens, Corey Dillon was a non-factor. The Bengals back rushed for just 45 yards on 11 carries. His understudy, Rudi Johnson, didn't do much better, gaining 10 yards on four attempts. The longest run came from third-down back Brandon Bennett, whose 19-yarder came late in the fourth quarter with the outcome decided. Only five of the Bengals' 15 first downs came on the ground.

Bengals passing vs. Ravens pass defense

RAVENS - - The secondary completely shut down mouthy receiver Chad Johnson. Jonnson's first catch came early in the fourth quarter, and he finished with just two catches for 15 yards. A ferocious pass rush, the best all season, was part of the reason Jon Kitna could not get the ball to Johnson. Kitna was sacked six times, tying a season high for the Ravens, fumbled three times and was intercepted twice. Peter Warrick had 11 catches but averaged only 8.2 yards per catch.

Special teams

EVEN - - Ravens kicker Matt Srovet converted his 19th straight field-goal attempt, giving his team a seven-point lead at halftime. The Ravens recovered Warrick's muff of a punt at the Bengals' 27 to set up their first touchdown. Warrick had just 15 yards on three punt returns. Ravens punter Dave Zastudil's 32.6 net average on five punts was one of his worst of the season.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Chris McAlister and Chad Williams did a masterful job in blanketing Chad Johnson on third downs. Williams also recovered the Peter Warrick muff that led to the Ravens' first touchdown. Receiver Marcus Robinson extended his touchdown streak to three games.

Thumbs down

Anthony Wright had his usual fumbled snap from center, but this time he recovered it. Todd Heap dropped a pass that could have led to a big gain. Dave Zastudil punted one off the side of his foot for 21 yards.

Stat of the game

8. Wright's number of completions. Three came in the second half.

Quotable

"I prepared like this was a playoff game. I have never been in one, but I fed off of the intensity of our veterans." -- Ravens safety Will Demps.

Trainer's room

Linebacker Adalius Thomas suffered a fracture in the elbow area is likely out for the rest of the regular season. Offensive tackle Orlando Brown aggravated his rib injury. Linebacker Cornell Brown suffered a right knee sprain and contusion and missed much of the second half. Fullback Alan Ricard suffered a right knee sprain but returned. Return man Lamont Brightful suffered a left knee contusion and did not return.

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