He was held to only 34 yards on 15 carries, an average of 2.3 yards.
Strangely, Ravens coach Brian Billick only called backup Chester Taylor's number
twice. He gained 21 yards despite having 13 less carries than Lewis. Meanwhile,
the offensive line definitely let down quarterback Anthony Wright. Wright was
sacked four times and didn't have the time to locate Derrick Mason downfield.
Punter Dave Zastudil got plenty of exercise with nine boots as Baltimore (2-4)
lost its sixth road game in a row.
2. Penalties severely hindered the Ravens' cause again. They were flagged 11 times for 100 yards, and many of them were of the critical variety. Terrell Suggs' roughing the passer penalty after an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-8 kept alive a drive that ended in a field goal for the final margin. Plus, nickel back Dale Carter was called for defensive holding on a 3rd-and-8 incompletion in the first half, which eventually led to the Bears' lone touchdown.
3. With middle linebacker Ray Lewis hobbled with a thigh injury that forced him out of the game in the fourth quarter and will require him to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today, Bears running back Thomas Jones did pretty much whatever he wanted. He gained 83 of his 139 yards in the fourth quarter.
4. Safety Ed Reed was held out due to a high-ankle sprain, and his absence appeared to embolden rookie quarterback Kyle Orton. He threw a touchdown and wasn't intercepted. He wasn't afraid to challenge replacement starter Chad Williams down the middle. Plus, the Ravens only sacked him twice.
5. The Ravens generated no turnovers and fell behind early, two common denominators to their ongoing road struggles. The really bad news? It doesn't get any easier. The next five games are at Pittsburgh (4-2), Cincinnati (5-2) at home, at Jacksonville (4-2), Pittsburgh at home and at Cincinnati.
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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