Ravens 35, Browns 0

Nfl Week 16

December 22, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. Browns run defense -- RAVENS -- Jamal Lewis gained 151 yards on his last five carries after being held to 54 yards on his first 17 attempts. In two meetings with Cleveland this season, Lewis has 500 yards on 52 carries, 9.6 yards per attempt. Backup Chester Taylor had a key 14-yard run to set up the Ravens' first score.

Ravens passing vs. Browns pass defense -- EVEN -- The passing game didn't help the Ravens, but it didn't hurt them either. Quarterback Anthony Wright made only one poor decision - a throw into coverage that resulted in his only interception - and stayed poised despite some poor pass protection early (three first-half sacks). He finished 10-for-18 for 90 yards and completed as many passes (four) to running backs as he did to wide receivers.

Browns rushing vs. Ravens run defense -- RAVENS -- Lee Suggs, the Browns' No. 4 running back to start the season, had some bursts but the Ravens contained him (68 yards) for a majority of the game. The Ravens held the Browns to 3.3 yards per carry and allowed just one run over 8 yards. The last two opponents have failed to crack 80 yards rushing as a team against the Ravens.

Browns passing vs. Ravens pass defense -- RAVENS -- The Ravens hammered quarterback Tim Couch with five sacks and hit him a half-dozen other times. Couch was in survival mode in the second half, when he completed eight of his last 22 throws. Terrell Suggs forced fumbles on both of his sacks. Dime back Chad Williams delivered the hardest hit, leveling running back Jamel White late in the second quarter, before returning an interception 52 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Special teams -- EVEN -- No one gained any advantage in field position. The Ravens averaged 6.7 yards on three punt returns and ran back their only kickoff 7 yards. Likewise, the Browns had just one big runback on a punt (23 yards) and averaged 12.8 yards on four kickoffs. Both kickers missed field-goal attempts in the swirling winds.

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up -- Jamal Lewis. His 205-yard rushing performance not only has him in line for a 2,000-yard season, but it put him 154 yards away from breaking the NFL single-season record.

Thumbs down -- Consistency. If the Ravens had taken care of business in Oakland as they did in Cleveland, they would have had the AFC North wrapped up by now. A team that has been on an emotional roller coaster the past three weeks needs to keep its focus against Pittsburgh.

Stat of the game -- 8. Number of Jamal Lewis' runs over 18 yards against the Browns in two meetings. Those eight carries totaled 375 yards.

Quotable

"When you see a guy get hit like that, it's always in the back of your mind. There's a thought in your head of, `Is it going to be me this time?' That's what our defense brings to the table. It's intimidation."

-Chad Williams on how the defense's hard-hitting, which included his laying out of Jamel White, factored into the rout.

Trainer's room

Right guard Bennie Anderson sprained his knee early in the second quarter and did not return. ... Tight end and special teamer John Jones re-injured his quadriceps muscle and did not play in the second half. ... Linebacker Peter Boulware sprained his knee in the second quarter but returned to play in the second half. ... Return specialist Lamont Brightful suffered a mild concussion.

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