Lewis' 295 yards, 2 TDs speak for him


BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens gave Jamal Lewis the
football, as promised, and he delivered on a pledge in setting a
single-game NFL record with 295 yards rushing.

Lewis' incredible performance, which included two touchdowns,
led Baltimore past the Cleveland Browns 33-13 Sunday.

He would have had a third score and surpassed 300 yards if not
for a holding penalty on Marcus Robinson during a 60-yard run in
the first half.

"On a day like today, I can't regret anything," said Lewis,
who averaged a whopping 9.8 yards on his 30 carries. "It was

Lewis ran for an 82-yard touchdown on the second play from
scrimmage, added a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and
broke the record with a 3-yard run with 6:55 left.

He shattered the single-game mark held by Corey Dillon of
Cincinnati, who ran for 278 yards on Oct. 22, 2000, against Denver.

During a phone call with Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis
earlier in the week, Lewis said he would break the record if given
30 carries -- twice as many as one week earlier in a 34-15 loss to

"Andra told me he wanted me to get the ball 30 times. I told
him if I get the ball 30 times it's going to be a career day,"
Lewis said. "I'm not going to say I predicted it. It was lucky."

Question on the Browns: Did Coach Davis make a mistake replacing his whole LB corps or is the problem with the D-line?
It was a mistake. The linebacker corps is vital to a team's defense. And it's difficult for a defense to try and get used to one new player in the system, much less an entire set of players.

Question on the Ravens: Will Jamal Lewis be able to take some off the pressure off Boller all season?

As evidenced by today, yes. Lewis is a great running back and he's capable of a big game at any time. If he can average 100+ yards per game, he'll take a lot of pressure off Boller.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Lewis, who missed the entire 2001 season with a torn knee
ligament, had 100 yards by his second carry Sunday and was at 180
yards by halftime.

"I was going in at halftime when (Ravens tackle) Jonathan Ogden
said, `Let's go get it. We can get 300 yards," Lewis said.

Said Ogden: "I figured if he broke the record we'd get the

The Ravens (1-1) spoke all week about the importance of using
Lewis more, especially since the tailback shredded Cleveland for
187 yards in a game last October.

The Browns knew he was coming, but were powerless against him.

"This is the most disgusting feeling I ever had in my life. ...
He said what he said, and then he did it. It's in the history
books," Browns safety Earl Little said.

After the Browns (0-2) cut a 13-point deficit to 16-13, Lewis'
63-yard TD run gave Baltimore a 10-point cushion with 14:49

"They didn't get quiet until the end of the fourth quarter,"
Lewis said of the Browns. "Andra told me, `I can't say anything
else.' He was congratulating me as we were playing. He showed me
much respect."

Matt Stover kicked a field goal with 1:58 left for Baltimore and
Ed Reed returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown on the
final play.

Lewis' heroics overshadowed a stout performance by the Baltimore
defense, which limited Cleveland to one first down in the first
half while taking a 16-3 lead.

Lewis also helped the Ravens overcome another poor showing by
rookie quarterback Kyle Boller, who hurt his knee and was replaced
by Chris Redman in the third quarter. Boller went 7-for-17 for 78
yards and an interception.

"I got bumped on the left knee a little bit," Boller said.
"It would be nice to hit some more throws, but when you have a
running back running like that, it takes the pressure off you."

Redman fumbled on his first play, losing the ball while cocking
his arm to pass. The Browns recovered and scored their first
touchdown of the season on a 4-yard pass from Kelly Holcomb to
Kevin Johnson.

Minutes later, Lewis took off on his 63-yard run.

Baltimore's 343 yards rushing was a franchise record, and the
most the Browns ever allowed.

"This could be a wake-up call," Cleveland tackle Gerald Warren
said. "The defense has to stay strong, stick together and not let
this move us back. We have to block it out and not focus on this

Lewis set the tone on the game's second play, following an
excellent downfield block by Travis Taylor on his 82-yard score.

Later in the first quarter, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis
recovered a fumble by William Green, who had gone 234 carries
without losing the ball. That set up a field goal by Stover for a
10-0 lead.

Stover kicked a 40-yarder to make it 13-0, and Phil Dawson
kicked a field goal for the Browns after Boller threw an

Long-range kicker Wade Richey then made a franchise-record 56-yarder, giving the Ravens a 13-point halftime lead.

Notes: Other Ravens injured: G Edwin Mulitalo (knee ligament and
right ankle sprain), S Gerome Sapp (right knee ligament), S Ed Reed
(right hand and wrist). ... Richey became the second Raven, besides
Stover, to kick a field goal in the club's eight-year history. ...
Cleveland is 0-2 for the first time since 1999.


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