Ravens Gameday

Ravens 20, Bills 6

October 25, 2004

LINE GET BANGED UP

It was an injury-filled day for the offensive line.

Right tackle Orlando Brown got his left hand caught between two helmets on a field-goal attempt in the first quarter, but fought through the injury to finish the half. Brown later discovered he had broken his index finger and had to have a shot at halftime to numb the pain.

Ethan Brooks replaced Brown for much of the second half, but Brown returned after Jonathan Ogden suffered a hamstring injury late in the game. Brooks, though, broke his thumb in the fourth quarter.

Brown and Brooks said they will be able to play Sunday.

"They were going to put [Damion] Cook in, but I decided to go back," Brown said. "I'll be back. I've fought through an eye injury, my mom has passed and I'm divorced. You know I'm going to be all right."

END ZONE

The Ravens' Deion Sanders became the second-oldest player in NFL history to return an interception for a touchdown, behind Rod Woodson. ... The Ravens tied a team record with their four interceptions, the fifth time the team has done so in its history. ... Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe surpassed Boomer Esiason for 11th place on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list. ... The Ravens are 17-2 when recording an interception for a touchdown. ... Ovie Mughelli, Mike Flynn, Tony Pashos, Devard Darling, Patrick Johnson, Todd Heap, Aubrayo Franklin and Dwan Edwards were the Ravens' inactive players.

BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Good things rarely come from an early turnover, but Ravens coach Brian Billick found something positive in his team's fumble on its second play from scrimmage.Bills end Aaron Schobel sacked Kyle Boller and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jeff Posey at the Ravens' 22-yard line. The Bills, though, were held to a field goal.

"It was kind of a wake-up for us, which is good because emotionally I'm not sure I cared for the way we came out," Billick said. "That kind of woke us up a little bit, so that was good."

SAMS PART OF OFFENSE

Rookie B.J. Sams has been promoted as a return specialist all season, but he is a running back by trade and finally could place himself with the other backs after getting his first carry from that position - a 5-yard touchdown run on a pitch in the second quarter.

"We have three excellent running backs that handled their business even though Jamal [Lewis] was out," Sams said.

Sams, Chester Taylor and Musa Smith combined for 105 yards on 28 carries. But it was Sams who got the key third-and-goal call from the Bills' 5, a play that put the team up 17-3.

"That means the coach has a lot of confidence in me, and I took advantage of it," Sams said.

T. TAYLOR'S RETURN

Receiver Travis Taylor returned to the lineup after missing four games with a groin-muscle pull and had an immediate impact.

Taylor converted first downs on both of his receptions, the first of which went for 5 yards on a third-and-three play from the Bills' 42. That helped set up a Matt Stover field goal that tied the game at 3 in the first quarter.

Taylor's next reception came on a 47-yard deep route in which he outfought cornerback Terrence McGee for the ball. That helped set up B.J. Sams' 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Most importantly for Taylor, he had no problems after the game.

"I feel good. My leg is not hurting," he said.

WILLIAMS' IMPACT

Safety Chad Williams often seems to be in the right place at the right time, and yesterday he contributed two big plays in the Ravens' victory.

In the first quarter, he deflected a screen pass intended for Willis McGahee into the hands of Deion Sanders, who returned the ball 48 yards for a touchdown.

Later, Williams took advantage of a deflection by Ray Lewis to make his own interception at the Ravens' 1-yard line. He returned the ball 93 yards before being caught from behind by receiver Eric Moulds, even though he had a host of blockers.

"It hit me dead in my hands," Williams said. "I was kind of surprised. Your first instinct is to just get somewhere. I got past the linemen, then turned it on, but I guess I turned it on too early. I got tired. I felt a little pressure coming from the left, so I tried to angle it upfield and that turned out to be the wrong thing because that gave [Moulds] more ground to cover."

COMPARE, CONTRAST

With the Bills' offense struggling and looking strikingly similar to the one last year under then-coach Gregg Williams, coach Mike Mularkey was grilled about what has gone wrong.

The Bills have scored 10 points or fewer in three games this season.

"I'm not going to go there," Mularkey said. "If anything goes wrong this year, then I'm the guy to hang the hat on. I'm not going to compare myself with anyone."

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