Ravens Report

Ravens Gameday

October 22, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

UNPREPARED TO PLAY

Whether it was overlooking the Buffalo Bills or looking forward to the bye week, the Ravens didn't show up with any focus. Of their 11 penalties, five were offside on the defense and two were false starts on the offensive line. Tight end Quinn Sypniewski fumbled deep in Ravens territory, and rookie Yamon Figurs misplayed three returns.

SOLID RETURN FOR MCGAHEE

In his first game back in Buffalo since being traded to the Ravens, running back Willis McGahee was one of the few Ravens to show up. More elusive than he had been all season, McGahee gained a season-high 114 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. But after that score, he was limited the rest of the game and received intravenous fluids because he felt "weak."

PAINFUL DRIVE

The Bills' only touchdown drive was a tough one for cornerback Corey Ivy. Filling in for the injured Chris McAlister, Ivy got beat for a 54-yard pass and then was called for pass interference in the end zone, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch.

WHY NOT RUN?

The most questionable play call came on the Ravens' final drive, when they faced second-and-one from the Buffalo 49. Instead of calling a running play to try to pick up the first down, coach Brian Billick decided to throw three straight times - all incompletions. The Ravens' offense never got the ball again.

THEY SAID IT

"It's emotional. It's a tough loss. Losing [stinks]. We got to stick together as a team and fight through this." - Quarterback Kyle Boller

DIVISION WATCH

The Ravens (4-3) remain in second place in the AFC North, a half game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, who lost last night to the Denver Broncos. The Ravens are a half game in front of the third-place Cleveland Browns.

COMING ATTRACTION

The Ravens have a bye week and return to play at the Steelers on Nov. 5 on Monday Night Football. The Ravens have won five straight games after a regular-season bye.

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