There were many people that were surprised to see Lewis return to the Ravens, but as soon as Lewis started taking verbal shots at Ricky Williams through the media, the green light flashed and No.52 was coming.
The real distinction would come on game day though. Once Lewis crossed the sidelines and lingered onto the grassy field of Pro Player Stadium, he was officially back. He smiled to the crowd, no doubt looking toward his family and friends from the
Lewis had that same swagger on the field too. He recorded 9 tackles, and met Williams a number of times on Sunday. On the third play of the game, Williams caught a pass in the flat and Lewis was there to confront him head on. Lewis stayed square, and then proceeded to knock the elusive
With that play, all doubts were cast aside for the most part. Even at 75% health with one arm restricted, Lewis still controlled the field. When the guards and center tried to get their mitts on Lewis, they succeeded at times, but Lewis was still able to maneuver around their blocks to crash in on almost every running play.
And boy, did he have to take on a number of blocks on Sunday. Kelly Gregg and Ma'ake Kemoeatu were eaten up by the Dolphins' interior line and specifically, center Tim Ruddy. Lewis had very little protection the whole game but that didn't slow him down.
Did you see No.52 almost single handedly stop Ricky Williams at the goal line in the second quarter, forcing the Dolphins to score on 3 and goal? Ray Lucas went on to score the touchdown by diving over the middle, which enabled
But Lewis is no one man defense and he could only do so much on Sunday, as
Like a boxer seeking to reestablish his aura of invincibility against a pretender posing as a contender, the Dolphins jabbed the Ravens repeatedly in the first half and landed their knockout blow against
On the other side of the ball, Jamal Lewis rushed for just 47 yards. On almost every carry, Lewis was either hit at the line of scrimmage by
As a whole, the offense just couldn't produce any substantial gains on first downs, which placed the burden on the passing attack to come through in third and long situations. Obviously, with the Dolphins netting a ridiculous total of seven sacks against Jeff Blake, they had the Ravens' leaky offensive line right where they wanted them.
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