Monday, September 27, 2004

Ravens Tame Cats

From the Ranves offical website

CINCINNATI – To beat the new-look Bengals, the Ravens once again relied on their Old School persona.

Running back Jamal Lewis was dominant. The Ravens’ defense was stingy. And the special teams were special, all contributing to a 23-9 victory at Paul Brown Stadium.
Lewis, the 2003 rushing champion, capped a historic day with a 75-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, blowing open a close game.

Lewis broke through a slow start to the 2004 season by churning out 186 yards on 18 carries Sunday, putting him over 5,000 yards in his young career.

Lewis, 25, is the fifth-fastest to that milestone; he also tied an NFL record by eclipsing 100 yards seven straight times against the Bengals.

For the Bengals, who surrendered 254 rushing yards Sunday, Lewis looked like he moved at the speed of light.

His touchdown run could not have come at a better time. Shayne Graham kicked his third field goal of the game to draw the Bengals to within eight points with 9 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in regulation.

But on the first play of the Ravens’ ensuing possession, Lewis broke through a trio of arm-tackles and sprinted to the end zone. In fact, he was so far clear of the Bengals’ defense, he slowed down and trotted for the final 10 yards.

The touchdown was more than enough for the Ravens’ defense, which did not allow a touchdown for the first time this season, despite surrendering 398 yards.
In the football version of rope-a-dope, the Ravens (2-1) allowed young quarterback Carson Palmer to move the Bengals (1-2) into Ravens territory on eight straight possessions, only to force a turnover or hold the Bengals to three points.

Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed intercepted Palmer twice, including once in the end zone on a pass to standout receiver Chad Johnson. Palmer saw that Johnson had inside position on the Ravens’ defense, but apparently did not account for Reed.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

What Happened?

A question is on the mind of all Ravens fans. What happened? I heard before the game, the Ravens were Super Bowl bound or at least talk of the Super bowl. Just seems odd when the Offensive MVP of 2003 was held to 57 yards. Especially since last year Jamal Lewis rushed for a combination of 500 yards both times the Ravens played against the Browns.

For 3/4 of the game, the Ravens defense seemed like the Ravens defense. With 24 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, the Browns started a series of scoring. The Browns produced 17 unanswered points and dropped our Ravens in there season opener. It is only the first game of the season. But that is no excuse. Lets see our stout defense take field against the Pittsburgh Steelers this coming Sunday. See how the Ravens fair then.

Notes

Deion Sanders played his first game since the 2000 season with the Redskins.

Kyle Boller has started to consecutive season openers for the Ravens.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Ogden Injured

from baltimoreravens.com:

Late in the first quarter of Thursday night’s preseason affair, the Ravens went ahead of the New York Giants for good.

The celebration was muted, however. The team’s mind was not on the present, but the future.

Relief swept through the organization when the team learned that all-world tackle Jonathan Ogden, who had limped off the field just moments earlier with a knee injury, had merely suffered an MCL sprain. Had he torn the ligament, his season likely would have ended in the Meadowlands.

Rather, Ogden, the seven-time Pro Bowler, is questionable for the season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 12.


Thank goodness. Get well soon Ogden!

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Deion Sanders Joins the Ravens

from baltimoreravens.com:

As the third cornerback on a Ravens defense that has its sights set on history, Sanders believes there is no better place for him. Had it not been for Dale Carter, who was supposed to be the team’s corner this season, developing a blood clot and Sanders falling out with CBS, where he was an on-air personality, this situation would have never materialized.

“As I went through the first two weeks of the conversation, and I had to think about why a player would want to come back and play, I had to think about myself in the last two years in my career, and why I wanted to continue to play the game of football,” said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end. “I think the one driving factor that led me to play the last two years, and I think the a driving factor that Deion had put in the forefront of his own mind is the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl.

“If you can wake up everyday and go out there and work out, knowing that you have the chance to go out and play in the ultimate game, then it really gives you an incentive to do it.,” Newsome added.


Let's hope that Sanders gets a chance to play in the Superbowl this year!!