Ravens - Bills: Game Notes

COMPOSED: With Lewis serving the first game of his two-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy, Chester Taylor was effective and decisive in his debut. Taylor rushed for a career-high 89 yards on 21 carries, displaying second-effort and quickness.

"Jamal has big shoes to fill and I feel like I did my job," Taylor said. "I didn't feel no pressure. You have to be confident playing running back. You can't be timid."
ON THE CUSP: Second-year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs nearly tied Reggie White as the fastest player in NFL history to reach 20 sacks.

In his 22nd game, Suggs sacked Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe twice to reach 19 sacks. A former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, White collected 20 sacks in 22 games.

Suggs continues to dance after knocking quarterbacks down. Once, he bowed after a sack in a martial-arts routine.

"I'm not up there with my boy, Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor," said Suggs, who leads Baltimore with seven sacks through six games. "Once I get to the Pro Bowl, then I could be considered a fairly good pass rusher."

SAMS' CLUB: Rookie B.J. Sams didn't return a punt for a touchdown for the third consecutive week, but the undrafted free agent did score.

Sams scooted five yards for a touchdown to boost Baltimore's lead to 17-3 when he was inserted in a "Stallion" package at running back.

Sams didn't receive a signing bonus out of McNeese State (La.), but has paid major dividends.

"I would have never imagined I would go three games and three touchdowns," Sams said. "I'm playing because I love it."

DEFENSIVE: Cornerback Chris McAlister took umbrage at the suggestion that the Ravens can't defeat upper echelon teams because of their stagnant offense.

"We win together, we lose together," McAlister said. "We can with any type of offense or defense. Why are you trying to bash our offense? Did we win? We can beat anybody."

TAYLOR RETURNS: In his first game back since aggravating a groin injury in the loss to Cleveland, Travis Taylor started at split end and caught two passes for 52 yards.

"I feel good," Taylor said. "I'm sure my leg will be sore, but right now I feel good."

With Taylor back in the lineup and quarterback Kyle Boller only passing for 86 yards, the remaining six players who caught passes from Boller only totaled eight catches for 34 yards. Randy Hymes, the team's leading receiver, caught just one pass for three yards.

QUICK HITS: Deion Sanders intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown. He also had a 10-yard loss on a reverse and a four-yard gain on a punt return. "It was a treat," Sanders said. "You know I want the ball." … Boller's first-quarter fumble was the fourth he has lost this year, his fifth fumble of the season and the 14th career fumble and ninth one he has lost. "The fumble was tough," Boller said. "Sometimes, those things can be a good thing, refocusing everybody. You never want to fumble it, but we stepped up after that." … The Ravens improved to 17-2 when a player returns an interception for a touchdown. … Chad Williams' 94-yard interception return was the third-longest interception return in team history, the longest not returned for a score. … The Ravens were plus-4 in turnover ration, improving to 41-2 when they record a positive turnover ratio …. The Ravens deactivated fullback Ovie Mughelli (hamstring), center Mike Flynn (shoulder), offensive tackle Tony Pashos, wide receiver Devard Darling, wide receiver Patrick Johnson, tight end Todd Heap (sprained ankle), defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin and defensive end Dwan Edwards.

Aaron Wilson writes for the carroll County Times and RavensInsider.com

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