Ravens encouraged about offense despite loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Although watching Terrell Owens imitate Ray Lewis' dance after a touchdown in a 15-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday stung the Baltimore Ravens, they rode the train home encouraged about their oft-criticized quarterback and offense.

Without offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, running back Jamal Lewis and tight end Todd Heap, Baltimore (4-3) gained 327 yards of total offense. Baltimore entered the game with the 31st-ranked offense and the last-ranked passing game in the NFL.

Boller completed 23 of 38 passes and threw his first touchdown pass since an Oct. 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He played a conservative game that was solid, albeit unspectacular.

"I think we made some strides," Boller said. "I think we were efficient and it came down to the wire. It's frustrating to get the loss, but we have to use this experience and build on it."

NFL teams don't typically make allusions toward moral victories, not when they fall two games behind the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North.

Yet, the Ravens did answer a late Philadelphia touchdown with a six-play, 72-yard scoring drive capped by a Boller touchdown pass to Daniel Wilcox.

However, a fumble by Chester Taylor set up the Eagles' game-winning drive and Travis Taylor, who caught six passes for 80 yards, mishandled a deep pass from Boller in the final minutes.

Lewis returns next week from his two-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. Heap and Ogden's status remains uncertain.
"Wins and losses are what it is all about," offensive tackle Ethan Brooks said. "I like the way we scored a quick touchdown on the on drive. I definitely have seen some leadership and some confidence in Kyle's eyes lately."

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

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