Ravens stick up for besieged Boller

OWINGS MILLS – Following a preseason where Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller emerged as a popular target for fans' displeasure because of his lackluster performances, the third-year starter was defended by middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

Boller, who was the second-lowest rated passer in the AFC last season, passed for 208 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 44.6 quarterback rating during the preseason.

"If they boo our quarterback, they boo our team," Lewis said. "There is no one person that makes us lose ball games. To point fingers at Kyle, anybody who does that is dead wrong.

"You have got to point fingers at every aspect of what the offense does. I know many times Kyle's been hit when he wasn't supposed to get hit. Kyle is our quarterback right now, and we're going to win with him."

Meanwhile, Ravens coach Brian Billick challenged fans to direct their energy at disrupting Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's audibles Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium instead of booing Boller. When asked, Billick didn't elaborate specifically about the offense's frequent turnovers, sacks and drops.

"I wouldn't know how to address how a Baltimore Ravens fan, a fan that wants his team to do well, could even think twice about wanting to support the Indianapolis Colts by doing that," Billick said. "I'm calling on the fans to step to another level. I can't imagine what that means to Baltimoreans to see that Colts helmet in this stadium and them thinking they can run their offense on the line.

"The first time there's a little bump in the road, don't lose your nerve. Keep up the noise because we can wear them out. Baltimore fans can be a factor in this game."

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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