Besides containing Jets star running back
Curtis Martin to 30 yards on 13 carries while holding New York to 28 rushing
yards on 15 carries for the third-lowest total allowed in franchise history,
Baltimore (1-2) exploited former third-string quarterback Brooks Bollinger. They
sacked him five times to prevent the Jets from gaining any offensive momentum.
The Ravens surrendered only 152 total net yards, the eighth-best showing in club
history. Meanwhile, the defense excelled on third down. The Jets converted only
3 of 14 third downs (21 percent) and only finished the game with eight first
2. Offensively, it wasn't a flashy outing, but it was fairly effective. Especially considering that Baltimore entered the game with the last-ranked running game in the league. Former Pro Bowl runner Jamal Lewis rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries after gaining only 57 yards during the first two games. Although Lewis averaged only 2.8 yards per carry and his longest run was 9 yards, he seems to be regaining his timing and appeared to benefit from the return of hard-nosed fullback Alan Ricard. The Ravens improved to 20-3 all-time when Lewis carries the football 25 or more times.
3. Tight end Todd Heap's hustling tackle of linebacker Victor Hobson at the Ravens' 1 to set up the goal-line stand was a hugely important play. It allowed Baltimore to have a chance to tackle Martin twice and nail Bollinger for a 2-yard loss on a quarterback sweep on third down. The Jets had to settle for the field goal instead of punching it in for a touchdown and the lead.
4. Despite an ill-advised flea-flicker pass into double-coverage to wide receiver Clarence Moore that was intercepted, quarterback Anthony Wright managed the game well for the most part. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 144 yards and no touchdowns, but made very few mistakes. He completed passes for 32, 24 and 20 yards.
5. Kicker Matt Stover converted field goals from 42 and 25 yards to build a 6-0 lead. He has converted his last three field goals after opening the season with three misses in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
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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