Ravens Report

Ravens Gameday

December 01, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY

MARK CLAYTON DELIVERS: The 2005 first-round pick had his best day in the NFL. In a span of 2:19 in the third quarter, Clayton threw a 32-yard touchdown pass on a trick play and scored on a 70-yard catch. He finished with 164 receiving yards for the third-biggest day of all time by a Ravens wide receiver.

DEFENSE CLAMPS DOWN: The Ravens held the NFL's worst offense to 155 yards (61 off the Ravens' team record) and six first downs (second fewest in Ravens history). It marks the second straight game the defense didn't allow a touchdown.

BEATING THE BAD TEAMS: The Ravens improved to 6-0 against teams with losing records. The 31-point win represents the Ravens' largest margin of victory against an AFC team in five seasons.

NOSE FOR THE END ZONE: Jim Leonhard's 35-yard interception return for a touchdown was the fifth touchdown scored by the Ravens' defense this season. Since 2003, the Ravens' defense has scored 26 touchdowns, going 22-3 in those games.

AFC NORTH WATCH: The Ravens (8-4) have won six of their past seven games to stay within one game of the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3). Only two AFC teams - the Steelers and Tennessee Titans (11-1) - have a better record than the Ravens.

THEY SAID IT: "[Le'Ron McClain is] our starter today. We got three backs that can start, and we got three backs that we are going to need in December. We got a plan for Willis [McGahee], I guarantee you." - John Harbaugh, Ravens coach, on McClain getting his first start at tailback while McGahee didn't carry the ball once.

COMING ATTRACTION: In what might be the most awaited game of the season for fans, the Ravens play their first regular-season game against the Washington Redskins in Baltimore. The reeling Redskins (7-5) have lost three of four.

REDSKINS (7-5) @RAVENS (8-4)

Sunday, 8 p.m.

TV: Chs. 11, 4

Radio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM

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