Lewis unsatisfied after winning personal battle.

BALTIMORE - Count Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis as firmly on the side of the extremely dissatisfied following Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Lewis' personal victory of superior statistics to former Ravens starter Priest Holmes rings extremely hollow for the NFL rushing leader.

Lewis, who has rushed for league-high 611 yards, gained a game-high 115 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries as Holmes, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was held to 90 yards on 22 carries. "I don't have to run against Priest Holmes," Lewis said. "I think he had to run against a great defense. I think they did real good against a great line and a great running back. We needed to make more things happen on offense." That includes a passing game that generated just 140 yards and ranks last in the NFL. Rookie quarterback Kyle Boller tossed three interceptions and compiled a quarterback rating of 33.0. "We have a young quarterback," Lewis said. "He shows great poise. That is going to show at the end of the season. As long as we can continue to run the ball, we will allow him to progress." 

Boller was frustrated at not contributing in a more positive way for the Ravens' cause. Sometimes, he acknowledged the best play Baltimore (2-2) can run is simply handing off to Lewis, or throwing the ball away rather than force something that isn't there. "I don't need to make the play," Boller said. "I put a lot of pressure on my teammates by not throwing the ball away. "I've got a great running back behind me and he can pick up a first down in any situation. It's a learning experience, but you won't hear me say that again." 

SACKING A RECORD: Rookie outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' fourth-quarter sack of Chiefs quarterback Trent Green tied Santana Dotson's NFL mark with four sacks in his first four games. Dotson finished the 1992 campaign with 10 sacks. A first-round draft pick who set the NCAA single-season mark with 24 sacks last season at Arizona State, Suggs is the Ravens' designated pass rusher. "I think we just waited too late to turn it up," Suggs said. "The record doesn't mean much to me right now. We just got to play harder." 

HERE COMES THE PAIN: Green might want to apologize to his fullback. Green inadvertently set Tony Richardson up for a concussive shot from Ravens linebacker Ed Hartwell in the second quarter on an incomplete pass. Green's indecision and Hartwell's alert reaction led to a big hit that left Richardson reeling, but unhurt. 

INJURY UPDATE: Return specialist Lamont Brightful was pummeled on a fair catch in the third quarter when cornerback Tom Knight was slammed into him by Kansas City receiver Marc Boerigter. He suffered a mild concussion, but was coherent afterward. Safety Ed Reed replaced him, but muffed a punt in the fourth quarter. "I misjudged the football," Reed said. "I lined up a little too deep." Free safety Gary Baxter strained his shoulder in the third quarter, but returned. 

INACTIVES: The Ravens ruled out third quarterback Anthony Wright, cornerback Alvin Porter, safety Gerome Sapp (knee), running back Musa Smith (knee), fullback Harold Morrow (cracked elbow), defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, offensive tackle Damion Cook and defensive end Joe Salave'a

TACKLE ROTATION ENDED: Offensive tackle Orlando Brown started for the Ravens and played the entire game after splitting time with Ethan Brooks at right tackle during the first three games. "I felt fine," Brown said. "I'm not that tired. I know I'm going to feel it in the morning." 

NOT ON THE SAME PAGE: Although tight end Todd Heap compiled 48 yards on four receptions to reach the 100-catch plateau, it was a rough experience. Twice, Boller threw interceptions trying to force it deep to his only Pro Bowl target. "We're obviously not where we need to be," Heap said. "We missed a couple of plays that we should have had. We need to get our timing down a little better." 

QUICK HITS: Punter Dave Zastudil's 67-yard effort tied a team mark held by Greg Montgomery and Kyle Richardson. … Running back Chester Taylor's 32-yard run was his career best. … Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil won his 100th career game and was presented a plaque to commemorate the accomplishment at his post-game press conference. As is his trademark, he almost burst into tears.

Aaron Wilson writes for The Carroll County Times.


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