Week 5 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 17, Detroit Lions 35
What you need to know
Baltimore played a game full of miscues. Multiple turnovers, poor offensive and defensive performances, and a huge number of penalties defined the Ravens’ performance. The offense continued its season long trend of poor play, while the defense played well below their own lofty expectations. The Ravens accounted for 21 penalties on the day, only one short of tying for the NFL record for penalties in a game. Two of Baltimore’s defensive starters were ejected from the game as a direct result of these penalties; both Terrell Suggs and B.J. Ward were kicked out for making contact with an official. It was clear that the Ravens’ poor performance and lack of discipline combined to ensure a loss to the Detroit Lions.
Second string quarterback Anthony Wright had an uneven day. He threw two interceptions to Detroit’s Dre Bly, but also contributed two touchdowns. His first was a shovel pass to Jamal Lewis where the running back did most of the work on the score. The other was a second half strike to tight end Todd Heap.
Jamal Lewis was effective, scoring a touchdown and churning out good yardage. He was one of the lone bright spots for the Ravens, although the score of the game, most notably in the second half, often limited his numbers.
The Lions made the most of the opportunities the Ravens gave them, despite another poor performance by quarterback Joey Harrington. The defense forced four turnovers and the running game gained over 150 yards and four touchdowns versus the vaunted Baltimore defense; enough to overcome Joey Harrington’s two interception performance, and more than enough to defeat a Baltimore team that lacked focus and intensity.
Harrington looked horrible yet again. He completed less than half of his attempts for less than 100 yards. He threw two picks and one touchdown, to tight end Casey Fitzsimmons. The running game was much better, as Kevin Jones ran hard and earned two early touchdowns. The other Detroit backs made the most of their opportunities; Pinner going for 30 plus yards on 9 carries, and Shawn Bryson ripping off a huge 77 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the Lions’ victory.
The Lions controlled the ball and made the most of a bevy of Baltimore miscues. Staying ahead on the scoreboard prevented the Ravens from playing their typical run heavy offense, and ultimately gave the Lions a big home victory.
What you ought to know
|QB Anthony Wright, Pass: 20 - 37 - 230 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 18 - 0|
Wright was efficient, completely over 50% of his passes, yet his miscues, coupled with an offense that was often flagged for penalties, made it difficult for him to get in a rhythm or to lead his team back into competition. Wright distributed the ball well between his wide receivers (Derrick Mason with 12 targets), running backs (Chester Taylor with six targets), and his tight end (Todd Heap with five targets). He threw two interceptions, both to Dre Bly, with the second especially harmful, coming on a red zone attempt to the end zone. He scrambled twice for decent yardage.
|RB Jamal Lewis, Rush: 19 - 95 - 0, Rec: 2 - 17 - 1 (4 targets)|
Lewis ran the ball hard. Clearly, head coach Brian Billick prefers to run the ball, and Lewis is the primary beneficiary. He churned out a good yardage total despite not having many long runs. His only touchdown of the game came on a shovel pass from Anthony Wright. Backup Chester Taylor continues to see looks in the running game, which noticeably took carries away from Lewis.
Taylor more than spelled Lewis in this game; he appeared to be a viable second option in the running game. Gaining over five yards a carry, and seeing two more targets in the passing game than Lewis, Taylor was more efficient with his touches than the starter.
Mughelli’s only target and completion turned into a fumble lost to the Lions.
Mason was clearly Wright’s primary receiving option, but his catches went for short gains.
Clayton was the secondary receiving target for Wright, but only managed to snag three of them for receptions. He was the target on Wright’s first interception.
Moore’s only completed target resulted in a 23 yard gain.
Hymes’ targets came late in the game, and included a nice 21 yard gain. Hymes was the target on Wright’s second interception.
Heap made the most of his two receptions, turning out a touchdown and 54 yards. He also had an apparent last second touchdown in the second half, but it was ruled incomplete.
Stover made both of his PATs and a 46 yard field goal.
Baltimore limited Kevin Jones’ yardage, but they couldn’t keep any of the Lion’s running backs out of the end zone. Jones scored two touchdowns early, Artose Pinner added a one yarder in the third quarter, and Shawn Bryson ripped off a 77 yard scamper on his only touch of the game. The Ravens allowed over 150 yards on the ground.
The Ravens played the pass well, although it helped have Harrington throwing the ball for the Lions. Harrington ended the game with less than 100 yards passing, and only managed one touchdown compared to his two interceptions.
Once again Harrington played poorly. Fortunately for him, the Ravens played worse, and the Lions’ running game and defense combined for an impressive victory. Harrington completed less than half of his passes, for fewer than a hundred yards. He did manage a touchdown to tight end Casey Fitzsimmons, but he also threw two interceptions. He scrambled once for two yards. Overall, it was a very poor performance for Harrington, especially considering the final score of the game.
Jones was the workhorse in the Lions’ running game. He ran hard over his 26 carries, but the Ravens’ defense, Ray Lewis especially, keyed in on him and shut him down for low per carry yardage. Good field position contributed to his two early game touchdowns. He showed excellent speed on his first score. Jones made a great play on a ball that looked like an incompletion from Harrington. He picked up the ball and ran to the Baltimore one yard line, as the play was ruled a fumble. Jones also had four chances on a third quarter drive to score from within the Baltimore two, yet couldn’t get in. Notably, he saw no targets in the passing game.
Pinner looked good on his touches, and he seemed to do more than just spell starter Kevin Jones. He was more efficient on his rushes, although the defense didn’t seem to focus on him as much as Kevin Jones.
|RB Shawn Bryson, Rush: 1 - 77 - 1, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (1 targets)|
Bryson turned both of his touches into big gains; an 18 yard reception, and a huge, game sealing 77 yard touchdown burst in the fourth quarter.
Smith turned in an 11 yard reception on his only target of the game.
Johnson became Harrington’s primary target after Roy Williams left the game with an injury.
Williams’ targets came on early in the game, as he left in the second quarter with a left leg injury. He was injured on the play where Harrington targeted him but was picked off.
Vines caught his only target of the game for ten yards.
Williams didn’t show much, only catching one of the seven balls thrown his way.
Fitzsimmons’ only target resulted in a two yard touchdown.
Pollard had no receptions in the game.
Hanson was a perfect five of five on PATs.
The Lions allowed Jamal Lewis and Chester Taylor to gain good yardage, but prevented them from scoring any touchdowns. The score of the game prevented Baltimore from running as much as they would like, and that certainly aided the Lions’ rush defense.
Dre Bly was the star of this unit. He intercepted two of Anthony Wright’s passes, the second on an end zone attempt by the Ravens, preventing Baltimore from scoring. He also forced and recovered the fumble on Ovie Mughelli. Overall, they played well, and prevented the Ravens from throwing themselves back into the game. Wright connected on two touchdown passes, although one was a shovel pass to Jamal Lewis, and in effect was much more like a run.