Ravens' Wright plays efficiently in win

BALTIMORE -- Although wearing the Cleveland Browns' orange and white uniform, Trent Dilfer received a standing ovation before kickoff in an outpouring of emotion reflecting his Super Bowl roots with the Baltimore Ravens. What about Anthony Wright? The Ravens' quarterback was content with the efficient part he played in a 16-3 victory Sunday over Cleveland.

In a week where the Ravens were criticized once again for parting ways with Dilfer after he quarterbacked when they won a Super Bowl title, it was Wright who turned in the stronger performance.

Wright completed 23 of 31 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and an interception for an 89.9 passer rating. Meanwhile, Dilfer was intercepted once, lost two fumbles and registered a 53.1 rating with no touchdowns.

"I don't worry about what people say," Wright said when asked whether the focus on Dilfer bothered him. "They don't stop me from playing on Sundays, so that comment doesn't matter to me.

"We always believed in ourselves. We knew that we had to go in and fight as a family."

Wright connected with receiver Derrick Mason eight times for 85 yards and tight end Todd Heap six times for 79 yards and a touchdown.

"For us to put 16 points on the board was big," Wright said. "The offensive line did a great job, the running backs picked up blitzes and the receivers ran great routes."

Wright threw two interceptions during a 35-17 loss last week to the Detroit Lions.

On Sunday, he threw one interception stemming from a poor read and deflected pass and was fortunate to have a fumble bounce right into his hands.

"That was kind of scary for a moment," Wright said. "I was extra cautious after that."

Wright improved to 2-2 as a starter this season and is likely to remain the starter until at least Nov. 6 when Kyle Boller (toe) may be healthy enough to return.

"You were very critical of Anthony for last week, but he showed he's a professional," Mason said. "He bounced back and did what the coaches asked him.

"He managed the game really well, used his weapons, found open guys. That's all you can ask from your quarterback."

TRAINING ROOM: Fullback Ovie Mughelli sprained his ankle and will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today.

Safety Ed Reed left the game with a sprained knee and ankle.

Receiver Mark Clayton sprained his ankle, but said it wasn't serious.

X-rays were negative for all three players.

TRICKERY: Clayton's touchdown run was nullified after he lined up in the shotgun at quarterback with Wright lined up wide. His 15-yard score was negated by tight end Darnell Dinkins' holding penalty.

"We just put that play in recently," Clayton said. "I hadn't played quarterback since high school."

ROUGHED UP: In a collision with tight end Todd Heap, umpire Butch Hannah sprained a knee ligament and could be out a month. He was carted off the field one week after being accidentally punched by Ronde Barber.

Heap was shaken up, but was unharmed.

"He took my knees out, which caught me off-guard," Heap said. "I was able to walk it off."

LITTLE TO SAY: In an unusual reaction to a win, normally loquacious Ravens coach Brian Billick ended his postgame press conference after 30 seconds and took no questions.

"I'm proud of the way they handled the pressure all week long," Billick said. "They responded just the way you wanted them to. This is a day for the players, so I'll let you talk to the players."

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble, didn't conduct interviews. Reuben Droughns got the best of him in several collisions.

INACTIVES: The Ravens deactivated Boller, receiver Patrick Johnson, fullback Alan Ricard (calf), center Jason Brown, offensive tackle Adam Terry, tight end Terry Jones, wide receiver Clarence Moore and defensive end Tony Weaver (toe). Moore was starting until shaky hands cost him his job.

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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