"He said that if he carried the ball 30 or more times, he would have a really good day," Davis said.
Lewis had a bit of a different take on what was said.
"He (Davis) said he hoped I got the ball 30 times," Lewis said. "I said if I get the ball 30 times, I'm going to have a career day. That was all. It wasn't like I said I was going to set a record."
All that really matters is that Lewis set the NFL single-game rushing record with 295 yards in a 33-13 win over the Browns Sept. 14. He backed up his words in a way that still embarrasses some Browns.
"For someone to break the record on us was very embarrassing," Davis said. "We're still feeling it today. We want to go out there and make up for it. It was so embarrassing that we've been waiting for this for a long time."
Few defenses have been able to slow down Lewis, who leads the NFL in rushing with 1,747 yards on 338 carries.
"I was just watching film of the guy, and his lower body is so strong," Browns free safety Earl Little said. "He breaks a lot of tackles. When I see linebackers bouncing off that guy, I'm sitting up there saying, 'My goodness.' He's the real deal toting that rock."
The Browns defense was in the infant stages of a major overhaul at the linebacker spots. Davis, Ben Taylor and Kevin Bentley were starting for just the second time in their young careers. The trio has improved significantly since then.
"It worked out well for me," Lewis said. "My whole thing is
that it was something that was said on the phone. It was taken back to the team
to be hyped up as bulletin-board material, but as we can see it didn't work."
NO PRO BOWL FOR YOU! The Pro Bowl selection television show is scheduled for Thursday night, but don't expect to see any of the Browns make the AFC roster. Since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999, only linebacker Jamir Miller in 1999 has made the Pro Bowl roster.
"When we had success in 2001 and won seven games, teams around the league were saying, 'Hum, I wonder why these guys are winning?' " Browns coach Butch Davis said. "They look and see that Jamir Miller had 13 sacks, and that's a reason why they're winning."
Davis thinks that three to five Browns players are deserving
of being mentioned as a Pro Bowler. He wouldn't name any of the those players.
OTTO GRAHAM STRUGGLING: Former Browns quarterback Otto Graham is battling for his life. Although he came along more than 50 years after Graham joined the Browns, current quarterback Tim Couch knows of Graham.
If you judge by winning games, he might be the best
quarterback of all time," Couch said. "He won (actually played in) 10
championships in a row. That's unheard of."
RAY LEWIS SHRUGS OFF BROWNS: Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis apparently doesn't think much of the Browns.
"Whatever they're doing over there, let them keep doing it,"
Lewis said. "Let's go in there, do what we do and come out with a victory and
ROSTER MOVE: The Browns signed defensive tackle David Thompson to the practice squad. Thompson signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent May 2 and was waived Aug. 25. Thompson played on Ohio State's national championship team last season. He played in all 14 games and had 42 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
INJURY REPORT: Questionable on the Browns' injury report are cornerbacks Anthony Henry (knee) and McCutcheon (ankle). Defensive end Kenard Lang (knee) is probable.
Listed as questionable for the Ravens are linebacker Ray Lewis (shoulder), guard Edwin Mulitalo (groin), fullback Alan Ricard (ankle) and running back Chester Taylor (leg).