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The Ravens dropped a 14-6 game to the visiting Tennessee Titans to fall to 5-3 on the year, while the Titans moved to 6-1 Central. Baltimore failed to score a touchdown for the fourth straight game, and has now gone 49 possessions without crossing the goal line. Ravens’ QBs threw four INTs, three by Tony Banks, tying a team record.
The Ravens jumped to a 3-0 lead behind Matt Stover’s 21 and 38 yard field goals. Just before the end of the first half, Tennessee PR Derrick Mason’s 29-yard punt return set up a Steve McNair nine-yard TD pass to Rodney Thomas for a 7-6 halftime lead for the Titans. In the first half, Tennessee had 82 net yards and just three first downs, compared to 182 yards and 13 first downs for the Ravens.
On Baltimore’s first offensive play in the second half, Banks’ pass was intercepted by LB Randall Godfrey and returned 25 yards for a TD and a 14-6 lead that held through the game. It was the first of two interceptions on the day for Godfrey. Banks, who completed 17 of 32 passes for 229 yards and three interceptions, was replaced by back-up Trent Dilfer in the fourth quarter. Dilfer was seven of 13 for 58 yards and an INT. On a fourth-and 22 from the Tennessee 21 with 1:28 left, Dilfer threw a pass into the back of the endzone that was caught by Qadry Ismail, but officials and a subsequent replay review ruled Ismail out of the back of the endzone.
DT Tony Siragusa left the game on a cart as a precautionary measure. He was diagnosed with a very mild bruise on his spinal chord. He was taken for an MRI at UMMS. He returned to play before the first half was over.
WR Qadry Ismail suffered a mild concussion but returned.
LB Cornell Brown suffered cramps but returned.
CB James Trapp suffered a right lateral ankle sprain but returned.
S Anthony Mitchell suffered a right shoulder strain but returned.
All are expected to play next week.
Tennessee’s 14-6 win gives them sole possession of first place in the AFC Central with a 6-1 record. The Ravens dropped to 5-3.
Tennessee’s 14-6 win snapped Baltimore’s eight-game winning streak vs. the AFC Central and extended the Titans’ streak to six straight vs. the AFC Central.
Tennessee snapped the Ravens’ five-game winning streak at PSINet Stadium.
The Ravens have not scored a TD in the last four games. They have not scored a TD in their last 49 possessions.
K Matt Stover has accounted for the Ravens last 40 points.
The Ravens’ four INTs thrown tied for most in team history in a game, done four times, last vs. N.O. (12/19/99).
The Ravens have intercepted at least one pass in seven straight games, tying a team record set in 1996 (games 7-13). S Kim Herring had a 19-yard INT today.
Today’s game was the first loss of the season when the Ravens scored first (now 3-1).
TE Shannon Sharpe had eight catches for 104 yards. It was his 16th career 100-yard game, his first as a Raven.
The Ravens have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 25 straight games, the longest current streak in the NFL. K.C.’s Kimble Anders gained 102 yards in the Chiefs’ 54-34 win over the Rams. St. Louis had been tied with the Ravens going into this week’s action.
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