Okay, who are you and what have you done with my Ravens?
Wow. Shutting out Tampa Bay 27-0 at RayJay. Just wow. Shades of 2000. So much for that road losing streak. By the last two minutes of this contest, that enormous stadium on North Dale Mabry was as abandoned as an Ashlee Simpson concert.
Here's why the Ravens won:
- Turnovers. The Ravens picked off Chris Simms three times, and didn't give up the ball at all. They did, however, fumble four times, getting all four back. They will have to work on that.
- The defense otherwise. Holding Cadillac Williams, Michael Pittman, and Mike Alstott to 26 yards rushing. Oof. And forcing the aforementioned three picks, one of which was returned most impressively by Chris McAlister for a TD, and one that should have been a TD from the rumblin', bumblin', fumblin', and stumblin' tackle Haloti Ngata. And Ray Lewis, down the road from his hometown of Lakeland, got a sack.
- Steve McNair. How cool is it to have a starting QB who knows what he's doing? If it were me, Kyle Boller would be on the waiver wire in the next five minutes.
- The O-line. Only one sack of McNair, and over 100 yards rushing combined against a Bucs defense that didn't do too badly; usually, yielding less than 300 yards of total offense is pretty good.