Ravens - Eagles: Monday game notes

RUSH HOUR: Even without Ogden, the Ravens only allowed two sacks. They kept extra players in to block, using maximum protection schemes to aid offensive tackles Orlando Brown and Brooks.<br><br> Brown gave up one sack to speedy pass rusher Jevon Kearse in the first quarter that led to a Boller fumble. Kearse finished with two sacks, but generally Boller had enough time to throw.

"I think my offensive line did a fabulous job," Boller said. "There was a lot of heat on them coming into this game and they really protected me and gave me a chance to deliver the ball."

FEW BLITZES: Uncharacteristically, the Ravens didn't blitz much, partly because of quarterback Donovan McNabb's mobility and the threat of Owens. The Ravens limited Philadelphia's output of big plays, allowing long gains of 24, 22 and 18 yards. McNabb, though, was only sacked twice and he rushed for 36 yards on six carries.

"They played very vanilla," Eagles offensive guard Artis Hicks said. "We thought they would blitz a lot more than they did. I don't think they wanted to give up those big-play shots down the field, so they played a little conservative."

IN YOUR FACE: Owens admitted that he studied video of Lewis to mimic his dancing. He made no apologies for his display afterward."I can't do it like he does, but I tried my best," Owens said. "If you don't like what I do, stop me from getting in the end zone."

Although Lewis and defensive end Tony Weaver said they were offended by Owens' actions, not all of the Ravens took exception to his flamboyance.
"T.O.'s good for the game," insisted nickel back Deion Sanders, no stranger to end-zone theatrics. "He's great for the game of football. He brings a lot of flavor to a somewhat boring sport."

Eagles running back Dorsey Levens said there's no comparison between the two dancers."He looked more like a chicken," Levens said of Owens. "Ray's got a little bit more flavor to it."

ON THE MOVE: Sanders was even more active than usual on Sunday.
The future Hall of Fame cornerback lined up as a running back once, acting as a decoy. He also returned two punts for 9 yards, and was upended roughly when he collided with running back Musa Smith after one. Sanders landed on his head, but wasn't hurt.

He was far from satisfied, not with Owens catching eight passes for 101 yards.

"He had over 100 yards, that's not an accomplishment," Sanders said. "They scored when they needed to score, that's not an accomplishment."

MOORE BIG PLAYS: Rookie wide receiver Clarence Moore, a lanky 6-foot-6 sixth-round draft pick, caught a 52-yard pass to set up Baltimore's only touchdown.

He also caught two other passes to finish with a career-high three catches for 82 yards.

"The Ravens have labeled me being big as a big strength," Moore said. "My height is good and then my speed is looked at favorably. There are a lot shorter corners in this league and I can go over them and get the ball."

QUICK HITS: Baltimore was penalized three times for 66 yards in the first quarter. … After a lateral from McNabb, tight end Mike Bartrum underthrew an open Owens downfield. … Senior consultant Jim Fassel was on the Ravens' sideline, making the short trip from his New Jersey home. … For the first time, fullback Alan Ricard was stuffed in a 3rd-and-1 situation. … The Ravens deactivated fullback Ovie Mughelli (hamstring), linebacker Roderick Green, Ogden (hamstring), offensive tackle Tony Pashos, wide receiver Patrick Johnson, Heap (ankle) and defensive linemen Aubrayo Franklin and Dwan Edwards.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com

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