Ravens Report

November 03, 2008|By Jamison Hensley

OFFENSE RALLIES: Down 27-13 midway through the third quarter, the Ravens responded with touchdowns on their next two series - a 1-yard run by Le'Ron McClain and a 28-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Derrick Mason. Cam Cameron's offense finished with a season-high 429 yards, which is 122 yards more than its average.

RUNNING WITH A ROOKIE: Filling in for a banged-up Willis McGahee (who suited up but did not play), rookie Ray Rice gained 154 yards on 21 carries, a 7.3-yard average. The 60-yard run in the fourth quarter by this year's second-round pick set up the go-ahead field goal.

ANOTHER SCORE FOR SUGGS: Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs iced the game late in the fourth quarter by returning an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. After not scoring in his first 85 games, he has touchdowns in two of his past three.

NOT SO SPECIAL: The Ravens' return teams, both of which ranked No. 6 in the NFL, allowed Joshua Cribbs to return a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and run back a punt 32 yards. It was the first time the Ravens had given up a touchdown on a kickoff since Jan. 2, 2005 (the Miami Dolphins' Wes Welker).

AFC NORTH WATCH: The Ravens (5-3) won their third straight game for the first time since December 2006 and inched within a half game of the division-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2), who play tonight at the Washington Redskins.

THEY SAID IT: "We plan on 37 points every week. We are disappointed we didn't get more. That has to be your mind-set in football." - Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on the most points scored by the Ravens since Dec. 19, 2005, when they beat the Green Bay Packers, 48-3.

COMING ATTRACTION: The Ravens will try to win three straight road games in a season for the first time since 2001, when they play Sunday at the Houston Texans. Houston's three-game winning streak ended with a 28-21 loss at Minnesota, where the Texans turned the ball over three times and switched quarterbacks (Sage Rosenfels for Matt Schaub) once again.

RAVENS@TEXANS

Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 13

Radio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM

Line: Off the board

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