`D' shows the way

Defense raids Oakland in rout while offense regresses

Ravens 28 Raiders 6

Ravens Gameday

September 18, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

RAVENS REPORT, COMPLETE GAME STORY, PG 2E

HOW RAVENS WON With defense ... again. The Ravens forced a franchise-record-tying six turnovers, registered six sacks and held the Raiders without a touchdown. The defense also scored for the second straight game, as linebacker Adalius Thomas posted a safety - the Ravens' first since 2000. The Ravens didn't allow a first down on 11 of 15 drives.

STAR OF THE GAME Linebacker Adalius Thomas. Last year's team Most Valuable Player was all over the field, making seven tackles, two sacks, one interception and one safety.

WALK THE LINE For the second straight week, a Ravens defensive lineman lost a long footrace. A week after rookie Haloti Ngata returned an interception 60 yards before running out of bounds, nose tackle Kelly Gregg picked up a fumble and raced 59 yards before getting knocked out of bounds. MCNAIR STRUGGLES Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was erratic, completing 16 of 33 passes for 143 yards. At one point in the first half, he misfired on seven consecutive throws. In the second half, McNair threw an interception right after the Ravens had picked off Oakland.

THEY SAID IT "An F. Besides Mike Anderson's long run and what Jamal Lewis did, man, it's hard to give a passing grade. We played real bad. The score is 28-6, but that score doesn't really indicate how we played." -Receiver Derrick Mason, grading the Ravens' offensive performance.

COMING ATTTRACTION The Ravens travel to meet the Cleveland Browns, who fell to 0-2 yesterday after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-17. The Browns and Ravens have split the past 10 meetings in the series, and the Browns have won the past two years in Cleveland.

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