Perhaps even more critical was how Baltimore (2-3) didn't respond angrily to 11
penalties, including a questionable personal foul on middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Last week, Baltimore imploded with a franchise-record 21 penalties along
with two ejections.
Meanwhile, Dilfer was under constant pressure, losing two fumbles and completing only 16 of 30 passes for 147 yards, no touchdowns and interception for a 53.1 passer rating. Although running back Reuben Droughns dished out some punishment to Lewis with a few shots to the All-Pro defender's chest, he only gained 55 yards on 15 carries. Rush end Terrell Suggs generated a sack, forced a fumble and pressured Dilfer into Lewis' 21th career interception.
It was the Ravens' first game finishing in the positive for turnover margin (plus-2). They entered the game ranked 31st in turnover margin, but improved to minus-7. The turnovers directly led to all but six of the Ravens' points.
2. Veteran quarterback Anthony Wright, who threw two interceptions in last week's 35-17 loss to the Detroit Lions, was efficient and managed the game well. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown. He did stare down his primary read again on an interception that was deflected by linebacker Andra Davis. Overall, though, Wright was fairly sharp with an 89.9 passer rating and completed passes of 27, 23 and 19 yards. He found Derrick Mason eight times for 85 yards and located Todd Heap six times for 79 yards. He's likely the starter for at least two more games as Kyle Boller (hyperextended right big toe) isn't ready to return until Nov. 6 at the earliest.
3. Backup running back Chester Taylor was much more productive and explosive than starter Jamal Lewis. Taylor gained 92 yards on only eight carries, a 11.5 average and picked up 52 on a career-long jaunt at the end of the first quarter. Lewis, who described himself as a target for defenses, only rushed for 59 yards on 24 carries, a 2.5 average. He blocked for Taylor a few times at fullback because of injuries.
4. Return specialist B.J. Sams returned a punt a season-long 51 yards in the first quarter to set up Matt Stover's 39-yard field goal.
5. The Ravens converted 6 of 15 third downs, a 40-percent clip, and registered first downs on two fourth-down tries.
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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