Flexing Muscles

Ravens shut out Bucs in opener to clear road of old streaks

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 27, Buccaneers 0

September 11, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

RAVENS REPORT

HOW RAVENS WON With suffocating defense. In posting their first shutout since 2003, the Ravens had three interceptions - with cornerback Chris McAlister returning one 60 yards for a touchdown - and allowed 142 yards. The Ravens' defense didn't give up a first down on seven of 12 drives.

STREAK OVER The Ravens won away from home for the first time since Nov. 14, 2004, ending what had been the NFL's longest current road losing streak at 11 games. And they did it in style. The 27-point margin of victory was the second biggest on the road in the eight-year Brian Billick era.

MCNAIR WATCH The regular-season Ravens debut of new quarterback Steve McNair was effective but far from exhilarating. He finished 17-for-27 for 181 yards passing and a quarterback rating of 94.8, but he connected on just one pass of more than 20 yards.

THEY SAID IT "You can't expect an 18-wheeler to go basically two cities. I'm just proud that he stayed up and we didn't have to carry him off the sideline." - linebacker Bart Scott on rookie 340-pound defensive tackle Haloti Ngata falling 9 yards short of the end zone after returning an interception 60 yards in his first career game.

COMING ATTTRACTION The Ravens play their home opener Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, who were 4-12 last season and finished last in the AFC West. New Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks rebounded from a rough start in the preseason to finish with a 90.8 quarterback rating.

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