Picks and kicks

Club-record 5 interceptions, Stover's 5 field goals lift Ravens over Rams

Ravens 22 Rams 3

Ravens Gameday

October 15, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

DOMINATING WITH DEFENSE

With the offense banged up, the Ravens' defense paved the way with its best effort of the season. The Ravens recorded five interceptions - which set a team record - and four sacks. The Ravens' six forced turnovers set up the offense in Rams territory four times and led to 12 points.

QUARTERBACK SHUFFLE

Starting his second game this season for injured Steve McNair (back), backup quarterback Kyle Boller generated more passes downfield but not many more points. Boller, who was 18-for-30 for 184 yards, led the Ravens to one touchdown in five red-zone trips. Coach Brian Billick said it's "unlikely" McNair will start Sunday in Buffalo.

STEADY STOVER

With the Ravens still struggling in the red zone, they have needed kicker Matt Stover to carry the load. Stover, who tied a career high with five field goals yesterday, has accounted for 26 of the Ravens' past 32 points (eight field goals and two extra points).

DOTTED LINE

The Ravens started three rookies and two 24-year-olds on the offensive line, which showed its youth throughout the game. A false-start penalty on left guard Jason Brown stopped a fourth-and-one try at the St. Louis 21-yard line. And a holding penalty by center Chris Chester negated a touchdown run by Willis McGahee in the third quarter.

COMING ATTRACTION McGahee will play his first game in Buffalo since being traded by the Bills this offseason when the Ravens play Buffalo on Sunday. The Bills, second in the AFC East with a 1-4 record, are coming off their bye week.

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