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Raiders 20, Ravens 12

Nfl Week 15

December 15, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

Ravens rushing vs. Raiders run defense

RAVENS - - Jamal Lewis racked up 125 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry against the NFL's second-to-last run defense. He had 109 of those yards through three quarters, touching the ball only three times the rest of the way. On the Ravens' first drive into the red zone, they opted to bootleg quarter, back Anthony Wright on a third- and-2 instead of giving it to Lewis, which resulted in a 2-yard loss. Letting linebacker Napoleon Harris come free in the fourth quarter and force Wright to fumble before his handoff to Lewis proved especially costly.

Ravens passing vs. Raiders pass defense

RAIDERS - - Wright regressed for the second straight start, finishing 12-for-27 for 193 yards. He was picked off an the first drive and had it returned to the 1-yard line. A quarter later, rookie safety Nnamdi Asomugha dropped an interception he could have returned for a touchdown when Wright misread a corner blitz, Protection broke down in the second half, when the Ravens gave up three sacks. The Ravens failed to convert on 10 of 12 third downs (17 percent), their worst third-down conversion rate of the season.

Raiders rushing vs. Ravens run defense

RAVENS - - The Ravens shut down Oakland's running back duo of Tyrone Wheatley and Charlie Garner, holding them to a combined 67 yards. Take away Wheatley's 16-yard run late in the game, and the Ravens limited them to an average of 2.7 yards per carry. Zack Crockett's 1-yard touchdown a minute into the game was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Ravens in five weeks.

Raiders passing vs. Ravens pass defense

RAIDERS - - Quarterback Rick Mirer was wild and his receivers dropped passes but they came through at critical times. Mirer hit Jerry Rice for a 21-yard touchdown in front of Ravens safety Will Demps. lie then converted a third-and-15 with four minutes left, when Rice broke free of cornerback Corey Fuller that allowed the Raiders to use more clock. The Ravens' pass rush fell flat, failing to get a sack.

Special teams

RAIDERS - - The Ravens uncharacteristically allowed a 71-yard return to Doug Gabriel (who hadn't broke one longer than 23 yards all season) on their first kickoff, which led to a field goal. Matt Stover's streak of 21 straight field goals ended in the final seconds of the second quarter, when his 50-yard attempt fell short. He did, however, hit from 32 and 28 yards. Return specialist Lamont Brightful inexplicably picked up a bouncing punt in the third quarter but his fumble did not result in any points.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Defense. The Ravens held the Raiders to 265 yards of total offense and a 29 percent third-down conversion rate. The defense was put in bad situations as two of Oakland's four scoring drives were for 1 and no yards.

Thumbs down

Lack of focus. The Ravens had three turnovers and eight penalties for 55 yards.

Stat of the game

16. Turnovers committed by the Ravens in their four-game road losing streak.

Quotable

"It was very disappointing. We lost an opportunity to maintain separation. The reasons are obvious. You cannot turn the ball over and do some of the things we did and expect to win in the NFL." - Coach Brian Billick on losing to the Raiders, who had previously lost eight of their past nine.

Trainer's room

No injuries were reported.

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