J. Lewis lassoed by Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jamal Lewis wanted the Baltimore Ravens to let the big horse gallop against the Tennessee Titans. Instead of stampeding a run defense that appeared incompetent only a week ago, Lewis was repeatedly lassoed to the ground in the Ravens' 25-10 loss Sunday to the Titans. Lewis rushed for only nine yards on 10 carries for a 0.9 average.

Being limited to a franchise-low 14 rushing yards was even more glaring for Baltimore (0-2) considering that the Steelers produced 201 rushing yards in a 34-7 win over the Titans last week.

"I don't really know what happened, we've just go to go to work next week and correct our mistakes," said Lewis, who rushed for 2,066 yards two seasons ago and has only 57 through two games. "Just watching them on film from last week, they looked like a totally different defense."

The Titans aggressively bottled up Lewis by stacking the line of scrimmage, having All-Pro linebacker Keith Bulluck (eight tackles) shadow the 2003 NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

"They stepped up to stop the run," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "They were going to do it and they did brilliantly."

Meanwhile, massive defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth did what he wanted inside against offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo and center Mike Flynn before leaving the game with a sprained knee.

"He was dominating inside," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He was very, very disruptive."

Added quarterback Anthony Wright: "Haynesworth was a beast. He made it harder for us."

The offensive line had few, if any answers for a horrid outing that included them allowing six sacks, emphasizing the need for film study and hard work.

"We've got to get better," Mulitalo said. "I really don't have any evaluation other than we didn't play well enough and they played good."

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown offered no insight. He emphasized how hard the winless Ravens will have to fight to get out of this hole.

"I've been in this predicament before, and the way you get out is to keep working and don't point fingers at anybody," Brown said. "Everybody be a man. It's about, ‘we.' There ain't no ‘I.'"

Lewis said he was completely unaware that the Ravens had no rushing first downs.

"I'm just realizing that right now," Lewis said. "The only thing I can do is take the plane ride home and come in early and watch some film."

STOVER SAVE: Kicker Matt Stover rebounded from three missed field goals last week and converted a 30-yard attempt.

Kicking off for the second week in a row, Stover also slung Courtney Roby to the ground after a 59-yard return to prevent a touchdown. The Titans' average field position on three kickoffs was their own 41.

Roby was actually hurt on the play, leaving with a toe injury. Stover said the Titans wanted him to be flagged for a horse-collar tackle.

HARD HITTING: In his first game against his old team, cornerback Samari Rolle forced running back Chris Brown to fumble in the first half.

"I think the Titans probably think that I'm not physical and that I don't tackle and those type of things," Rolle said. "I saw Chris coming and just put a good hit on him."

QUICK HITS: The Ravens deactivated quarterback Kyle Boller (toe), third quarterback Kordell Stewart, fullback Alan Ricard (calf), linebacker Peter Boulware (knee), offensive guard Brian Rimpf, offensive tackle Adam Terry, wide receiver Devard Darling (thigh) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards. ... "It's embarrassing that we lost, yeah," said wide receiver Clarence Moore after falling to the youngest team in the league. … Defensive end Terrell Suggs was held sackless again. Baltimore's lone sack in two games with the 46 defense came from reserve Jarret Johnson. "Take your hats off to Tennessee," Suggs said. "I'm emotionless. We've got to play better." … The Ravens reported no new injuries. … During the bye, the team will practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, take the weekend off and return to work on Monday. "I'm not going to change the structure," Billick said. ... Baltimore fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002 when they had the youngest team in league history. "There's a lot more shocking things in life than being 0-2," tight end Todd Heap said. "There's an attitude we have to take as a team collectively. We can't sit back and wonder what's going on and whose fault it is. Our main focus is to stick together as a team and make sure we're on the same page." ... Middle linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed didn't comment after the game for the second week in a row.

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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