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.
Monday, September 27, 2004
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