Bulk of work goes to J. Lewis

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Ravens Gameday

Colts 24, Ravens 7

September 12, 2005|By BRENT JONES AND PAUL MCMULLEN | BRENT JONES AND PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN STAFF

Any thought by the Ravens of slowly working running back Jamal Lewis into the lineup went away shortly after kickoff.

Lewis proved to be the workhorse back he has always been in the first half of last night's regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, rushing 12 times for 35 yards.

The yardage total was low for Lewis, but the Pro Bowl back showed little signs of a hurt ankle that had him on the injury report or being out of football shape.

The Ravens had projected an equitable split between Lewis and backup Chester Taylor, who led the league in the preseason with 207 yards. Lewis, meanwhile, played in just the last game and rushed just six times.

But Taylor got only one carry for 3 yards in the first half.

Perhaps the Ravens were hoping to get a repeat performance of the last time the teams met, when Lewis rushed for 130 yards.

CALL IT A STANDOFF

The anticipated Jonathan Ogden-Dwight Freeney matchup went under the radar in the first half.

Ogden, the Ravens' mammoth left tackle, likely will take the results against Freeney, who forced a couple of stops on running plays but did not get any pressure on quarterback Kyle Boller.

Freeney's best play came when he nailed Jamal Lewis for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter after coming through the line unblocked. Ogden, meanwhile, was called for a false start penalty.

Last year, Freeney beat Ogden for two sacks in the Colts' 20-10 victory.

END ZONE

Ravens fullback Alan Ricard (calf) did not play last night. Ricard was not listed on the team's injury report but had missed the final two games of the preseason. Patrick Johnson, Derek Anderson, Adam Terry, Devard Darling, Terry Jones, Aubrayo Franklin and Dwan Edwards were the Ravens' inactive players. ... The crowd of 70,501 was a record for a Baltimore football game.

DROPPING THE BALL

Receiver Clarence Moore swore he put his two drops in the last preseason game behind him, but Moore let a pass that could have been a big play slide through his hands.

Moore ran a perfect corner route, found himself open between the cornerback and the safety and had his hands in good position to make the catch at the Colts' 30-yard line with six seconds left in the first half, but he dropped the ball as he hit the ground.

The catch would have allowed Matt Stover, who missed a 38-yard field-goal try earlier in the game, a chance at a tying field goal before the half. Instead, Moore, possibly upset over the mistake, made another one with a false start on the next play, and the Ravens were forced to use a desperate hook-and-lateral for the final play.

TACKLE ROTATION

The Ravens continued what has become an annual tradition, rotating the right tackle position.

Orlando Brown started the game and played the first three series before Tony Pashos played the final three.

It is a rotation the team likely will stay in, but the start for Pashos was an inauspicious one.

The third-year player was called for holding on his first play.

COMING CLOSE

Ravens safety Ed Reed went all of last season without a blocked punt but nearly started this season with a block on the Colts' second attempt.

Reed broke through the Colts' line and looked set to block Hunter Smith's punt, but was pulled down by Matt Giordano right before he reached Smith.

Still, Reed forced Smith into a 33-yard punt. Reed blocked four punts his first two years in the league.

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