1. In a confounding flurry of fumbling, shoddy run and pass blocking,
multiple mental errors along with a critical staredown by quarterback Anthony Wright as he tossed his second interception that was returned for a touchdown in
two games, the Baltimore Ravens lost 25-10 on Sunday to the Tennessee Titans.
Dropping to 0-2 for the first time since the 1999 and 2002 seasons when they
didn't make the playoffs, the Ravens' catalogue of errors included a blocked
punt for a safety. They didn't produce a single first down in the first half
with two negated by penalties. Plus, the offense generated only 23 net yards in
the first half on 20 offensive plays. For the game, Baltimore finished with only
182 yards and 12 first downs on 60 plays, an average gain of three yards per
snap. The Ravens committed 10 penalties for 73 yards, and many were costly.
2. Running back Jamal Lewis wanted the football badly, declaring days prior to kickoff, "Let the big horse run," and predicting that general manager Ozzie Newsome would "see the big boy go this weekend." Lewis was bottled up by the Titans for a staggering 9 yards on 10 carries, a 0.9 average. He also fumbled in the first quarter to set up the Titans' first touchdown. There was precious little room to operate and linebacker Keith Bulluck and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth were constantly in his face. The Ravens didn't gain a single first down on the ground on week after the Pittsburgh Steelers rushed for 201 yards against Tennessee in a 34-7 win.
3. Wright was sacked six times for minus-44 yards. The mad rush resembled an elementary school class storming out for recess. He was nearly sacked for a safety by defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.
4. The Ravens often looked confused, failing to put a man on wide open fullback Troy Fleming on a 18-yard reception. Even with 12 men on the field, they couldn't prevent Dave Zastudil's punt from being blocked in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter.
5. The special teams allowed a 59-yard kickoff return to Courtney Roby where kicker Matt Stover had to sling him down to prevent a touchdown. The Titans' average starting position on three kickoffs was their own 41.
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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