Ravens' Jamal Lewis vs. Titans' Keith Bulluck

Matchup to Watch

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Ravens vs. Titans

The Coliseum, Nashville, Tenn., 1 PM, Ch. 13

September 18, 2005

George Kokinis, the Ravens' pro personnel director, sizes up the top matchup against the Titans:

The players

Lewis was limited to 48 yards on 16 carries in the season opener against the Colts. During a season in which he was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2003), he was held to 35 yards in the playoff loss to the Titans. He has averaged 66.8 yards in five meetings with Tennessee. Bulluck, a first-round draft pick five years ago, has been named to one Pro Bowl (2003). He has led the Titans in tackles the past three seasons.

What to watch

I think it's in the Titans' minds: To stop the Ravens' offense, you have to concentrate on Lewis. In the January 2004 playoff game, I thought Bulluck stepped up his run defense because the Titans geared up for Lewis. They had a good plan to stop the Ravens' cutback running game in that last meeting. Bulluck pressed the line of scrimmage more than he had done in the past. A lot of times, Bulluck relies more on his speed than his power. But in that game, he pressed up in the hole, which was the key to slowing Lewis.

GAME FACTS

Matchup

Records: Ravens 0-1, Titans 0-1.

Line: Ravens by 4.

Vs. spread: Ravens 0-1, Titans 0-1.

Series: Ravens lead 8-7

Last meeting: Titans won, 20-17, on Jan. 3, 2004, in AFC wild-card playoff game in Baltimore.

NFL rankings

Ravens offense: 5th (rush 23rd, pass 2nd)

Titans defense: 31st (rush 32nd, pass 18th)

Titans offense: 21st (rush T16th, pass 18th)

Ravens defense: 20th (rush 11th, pass 24th)

Ravens injuries

Out: QB Kyle Boller (foot). Questionable: WR Devard Darling (thigh); TE Daniel Wilcox (hip). Probable: LB Peter Boulware (knee); OT Orlando Brown (knee); TE Todd Heap (foot); RB Jamal Lewis (finger); CB Chris McAlister (knee); WR Clarence Moore (knee); S Ed Reed (thigh); CB Deion Sanders (thigh); LB Terrell Suggs (back).

Titans injuries

Questionable: LB Keith Bulluck (calf); OT Brad Hopkins (knee); DE Antwan Odom (knee); LB Cody Spencer (abdomen); TE Ben Troupe (foot/ankle).

Starting Lineups

Ravens offense

WR 84 Clarence Moore

LT 75 Jonathan Ogden

LG 64 Edwin Mulitalo

C 62 Mike Flynn

RG 68 K. Vincent

RT 77 Orlando Brown

TE 86 Todd Heap

WR 85 Derrick Mason

QB 2 Anthony Wright

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

RB 31 Jamal Lewis

Titans defense

LE 93 K. Vanden Bosch

LT 90 Randy Starks

RT 92 A. Haynesworth

RE 98 Antwan Odom

OLB 59 Peter Sirmon

MLB 55 Brad Kassell

OLB 53 Keith Bulluck

CB 26 Andre Woolfolk

CB 24 Tony Beckham

SS 25 Tank Williams

FS 28 L. Thompson

Titans offense

WR 87 Tyrone Calico

LT 72 Brad Hopkins

LG 69 Zach Piller

C 77 Justin Hartwig

RG 75 Benji Olson

RT 71 Michael Roos

TE 88 Erron Kinney

WR 83 Drew Bennett

QB 9 Steve McNair

RB 29 Chris Brown

FB 44 Troy Fleming

Ravens defense

LE 98 Tony Weaver

LT 97 Kelly Gregg

RT 92 M. Kemoeatu

RE 55 Terrell Suggs

OLB 96 Adalius Thomas

MLB 52 Ray Lewis

OLB 50 Tommy Polley

CB 21 Chris McAlister

CB 22 Samari Rolle

SS 20 Ed Reed

FS 47 Will Demps

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