Dazed and confused

Boller rises after McNair concussion but `D' mix-up foils Ravens

Panthers 23 Ravens 21

Ravens Gameday

October 16, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY



The Ravens were uncharacteristically bad on defense. The NFL's second-ranked defense gave up a season-high 414 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens allowed Carolina to convert seven of 15 third downs (47 percent) after the Panthers were 0-for-11 last week against the Cleveland Browns.


One play after the Ravens cut the deficit to 16-14 on Mark Clayton's 62-yard touchdown catch, the Panthers struck back with a 72-yard pass from Jake Delhomme to Steve Smith. A miscommunication in the Ravens' secondary - cornerback Samari Rolle let Smith run free because he thought safety Ed Reed had deep coverage - allowed the Panthers to push their lead to 23-14 with 4:15 left in the game.


Steve McNair suffered a medium concussion and a neck sprain on the Ravens' third series of the game. All tests on his head and neck were negative. He was released from Union Memorial Hospital. Although Ravens officials said the team would wait to determine his status for its next game (Oct. 29), it's expected that McNair should be able to make his next start.


After not taking any snaps with the starters during last week's practices, Kyle Boller finished 17-for-31 for 226 yards with a passer rating of 97.0 in his first substantial action of the season. Two of his three touchdown passes went to Clayton, who scored from 14 and 62 yards after both passes were deflected.


"We were getting positive yardage up front and I think we just pumped the brakes on that and didn't just smash on it. It was very disappointing. I had a 17-yard run and got taken out. I guess I wasn't hot enough. Everyone wants to know where the old Jamal Lewis went and where he's at. You get a 17-yard run and then they take you out."

- Jamal Lewis, venting on his role after rushing for 41 yards on a season-low nine carries.


The Ravens have a bye this week and then play Oct. 29 in New Orleans against the Saints (5-1), who have won two straight games and lead the NFC South.

NEXT FOR RAVENSOPPONENT -- Saints Site -- Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans WHEN -- Oct. 29, 1 p.m. TV -- Ch. 13

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