Running nowhere

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Lewis spins his 44 yards

`The line blocked well out front. I feel like it was a positive.'

Jaguars 30, Ravens 3

Ravens Gameday

November 14, 2005|By BRENT JONES | BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- The Ravens' rushing attack has become so anemic, it may have driven Jamal Lewis into denial.

Lewis, who has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game this season, was held to 44 on 14 attempts in the Ravens' 30-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday.

Amazingly, that was only Lewis' third-worst outing of the season (9 yards against the Tennessee Titans, 34 against the Chicago Bears).

And, strangely, Lewis seemed unmoved by the performance.

"We had some good runs out there," said Lewis, whose longest gain was 7 yards. "The line blocked well out front. I feel like it was a positive."

About the only positive from the Ravens' rushing attack was the return of Musa Smith, who came back from a broken leg suffered nearly a year ago to serve as Lewis' backup and part-time third-down back.

But even that did not come without controversy. Chester Taylor, who could make a case for being the Ravens' most effective runner this season, did not play on offense. Taylor missed practice last week for personal reasons, but even Smith was surprised that he played as much as he did.

Taylor, who has 241 rushing yards and scored the Ravens' last touchdown - against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago - declined to comment afterward.

Smith did not have a carry, but he did have three receptions for 5 yards.

"I knew I was going to play special teams," Smith said. "But something came up and I had to step up and play behind Jamal.

"I was kind of nervous in the beginning, but once I got that first pop, I felt right at home."

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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