1:00 PM ET, September 26, 2004
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jamal Lewis up the middle. Jamal Lewis around the end. And, with the game on the line, Jamal Lewis rumbling toward the end zone.After two subpar efforts, the Baltimore Ravens' game-breaker is back at it.
|How were the Ravens able to get Jamal Lewis back on track? The Ravens finally started committing to the running game. In the first few weeks of the season, they seemed to struggle early with the running game and then completely abandon it. This week they started the game running the ball with Lewis and didn't stop, which is the way this team is built. The Ravens aren't a team that should be relying on the quarterback to win games for them. They need Lewis to get his 20-25 carries to have a chance to win.|
The Ravens also were successful this week because they ran Lewis off the left tackle instead of trying to bust him up the middle. By isolating that area and keeping him away from the defensive tackles in the middle of the field, he was able to break down the linebackers and get into the secondary quickly. Once he gets into the secondary, he's extremely difficult to bring down as he proved on his 75-yard TD run.Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Ravens CB Deion Sanders, who played several years for the Reds, was inactive because of a strained hamstring. ... Bengals LB Nate Webster was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an injured right knee. He was taken for medical tests. ... WR Peter Warrick, bothered by a bruised leg, left the game after a couple of series and didn't return. ... Reed has 14 interceptions in 34 career games. ... It was Lewis' 25th 100-yard game. Lewis, 25, became the fifth-youngest to reach 5,000 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.0||4.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||5:17||MATT STOVER 21 YD |
Drive: 8 plays, 64 yds, 3:51
|TD||13:08||KYLE BOLLER 7 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK) |
Drive: 3 plays, 8 yds, :51
|TD||11:54||RANDY HYMES 38 YD PASS FROM KYLE BOLLER (MATT STOVER KICK) |
Drive: 4 plays, 50 yds, 1:48
|FG||14:59||SHAYNE GRAHAM 29 YD |
Drive: 11 plays, 65 yds, 2:57
|FG||8:52||SHAYNE GRAHAM 47 YD |
Drive: 11 plays, 69 yds, 4:54
|FG||5:57||SHAYNE GRAHAM 26 YD |
Drive: 8 plays, 53 yds, 3:22
|TD||6:15||JAMAL LEWIS 75 YD RUN (TWO-POINT PASS CONVERSION FAILED)||23||9|