Baltimore Ravens - Team Notes - Tuesday

There is a possibility that Anthony Wright could be the Ravens' quarterback for the rest of the season. The Ravens are more confident in his abilities after he threw for a career-best 311 yards in leading the 44-41 comeback victory. Plus, injured starting quarterback Kyle Boller might not be able to return until the second-to-last regular-season game. Unlike Boller, Wright had more of a presence downfield.

In Boller's nine starts, he had 11 passes for 25 or more yards. In Wright's second half Sunday, he had four throws that covered that yardage. "There are an infinite number of possibilities based on Kyle's physical shape, how Anthony plays, where Kyle is and where we're at as a team," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Our commitment to Kyle is obvious. By the same token, if we continue and get on a roll and have a certain level of productivity ... "

That means Wright could put himself in a good position if he directs the Ravens to home wins over San Francisco and Cincinnati. At 6-5, Baltimore is tied with the Bengals for first place in the AFC North. "Right now, Anthony Wright is our starting quarterback for good reason," Billick said. "Kyle's prognosis looks good. We'll address that when it comes. You can't dismiss the performance of the players and where we're at, but there's a lot of football to be played. And Anthony is our leader right now and that's the horse we're going to ride."

Boller had surgery to repair his torn left quadriceps muscle two weeks ago and is off crutches. Before the game, he was throwing off to the side. "I hope I'm back for the week of Oakland," Boller said of the Dec. 14 game. "That's my ultimate goal. We're shooting for the Cleveland or Pittsburgh game. That'd be more realistic."

--Nickel back Tommy Knight could play this week despite spraining his right foot. He wore a walking cast but it's only considered precautionary.

--Defensive end Anthony Weaver re-injured his neck in the opening series Sunday and did not return. He could start Sunday but the team is taking a wait-and-see approach.

--Receiver Travis Taylor still remains inconsistent, catching a pass with one hand on one play and dropping a pass off his chest on another. He is on pace for 39 catches this season, which would be his lowest output since his rookie season.

--Kickoff specialist Wade Richey has been an asset in the Ravens' kickoff coverage teams. He has six touchbacks in his past two games.

--Offensive tackle Orlando Brown has been rotating at right tackle with Ethan Brooks throughout the season but the 360-pound veteran has also been apart of the Ravens' goal line defense. His play at nose tackle was a big part in the Ravens stopping Seattle on fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is something that you dream of. This is something that you write in books. This is something you think would never happen to you. For us to come back and win this game was unimaginable." -- Quarterback Anthony Wright after leading the Ravens from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to a 44-41 overtime win over Seattle.



PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Anthony Wright lit up the Seahawks secondary, setting career highs in attempts (37), completions (20), yards (319) and touchdowns (4) to finish with a 119.1 quarterback rating. He found a rhythm with receiver Marcus Robinson, who outjumped defensive backs for the four touchdown throws. It was the best day for their receiving corps as Travis Taylor made a sensational one-handed, 43-yard catch and Frank Sanders pulled in a 44-yard catch that deflected off Robinson's hands.RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- Jamal Lewis rushed for 117 yards, cracking 100 yards for the eighth time in 11 games. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he ran for 56 yards on 10 carries. His third fumble in three games didn't cost the Ravens since Ed Reed blocked the punt on the ensuing possession. Backup Chester Taylor had his worst game of the season, totaling minus-1 yard on three attempts as well as giving Seattle a touchdown at the end of the first half with a fumble.
PASS DEFENSE: D -- It was an off day by everybody on what was the hottest secondary in the league. Chris McAlister got beat on a 38-yard touchdown pass on a post route by Seattle receiver Koren Robinson. Corey Fuller got beat on an 80-yard streak route by the Seahawks' Darrell Jackson. And Tommy Knight couldn't stop touchdown throws of 2 and 10 yards in the final 23 seconds of the first half. The 293 yards passing was the most allowed by the Ravens this season.
RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Ravens made their most impressive stand of the season, stuffing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck short on a critical fourth-and-1 in the final minute of regulation. Before that, linebacker Ray Lewis stripped Seahawks fullback Mack Strong which allowed the Ravens to close to within 41-38 with a touchdown. Seattle running back Shaun Alexander had success early with 54 yards on his first 13 carries. After the third quarter, the Ravens held him to 18 yards on his final nine tries.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus -- Reed's blocked punt for a touchdown started the Ravens' 17-point comeback. Matt Stover tied the game at the end of regulation with a 40-yard field goal and won the game with a 42-yarder in overtime. Lamont Brightful had the longest return of the day, running back a kickoff 40 yards. Dave Zastudil averaged 42 yards on eight punts despite shanking one 24 yards in the third quarter.
COACHING: B -- The Ravens never panicked after being down 17 points in the fourth quarter. When forced to open up the game plan, the Ravens went to Marcus Robinson and continued to go to him because Seattle never gave them a reason not to. The defense had to use a lot of press man-to-man coverage to try to make plays in the comeback and got burnt for some deep throws.

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