Bengals 27

(1-8, 1-4 away)

Ravens 38

(4-5, 3-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 10, 2002


1 2 3 4 T
CIN 7 7 3 1027
BAL 7 17 7 738

In game of bizarre twists, Ravens prevail

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Lamont Brightful and Adalius Thomas made sure that Ed Reed's boneheaded play became just a footnote in the Baltimore Ravens' latest home win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Bengals: From this point on, what are they trying to achieve this season?
Play hard every week. This is the third week in a row that the Bengals have played pretty good football. But they still seem to have this thought: "We're the Bengals, so something's bound to go wrong." There have been some positives this season, and they need to find a way to build on them.

Question on the Ravens: What's impressed you most about them this season?
The way they've been able to keep up the pressure defensively without MLB Ray Lewis. He plays such a huge role, and even though he provides support from the sideline, I'm impressed with how well the Ravens have played without him. Today they also were without CB Chris McAlister. It says a lot about their pride and how they practice each week.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Brightful returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown, and Thomas scored on a 25-yard interception return to lead Baltimore to a 38-27 victory Sunday.

Reed, a rookie safety, also had a chance to score his first NFL touchdown. But after picking off Jon Kitna's pass, he foolishly held the ball out in a premature celebration and had it batted away at the end of his 46-yard return.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh swatted the ball from Reed's outstretched arm at the 8, and Peter Warrick recovered in the end zone for a touchback to keep the score 7-7.

"Like a kid in the candy store with no money. You see the candy but you just can't get it,'' Reed said sheepishly. "I won't make the same mistake twice.''

He showed that he'd already learned from his blunder when he intercepted a pass later in the game. This time, he tucked the ball to his side until he was tackled. The turnover set up Jamal Lewis' second touchdown, a 3-yard run that made it 38-20 with 6:14 remaining.

"I'm already getting it from my teammates,'' Reed said, "but I made up for it.''

Besides his two interceptions, Reed made a key block on Brightful's spectacular punt return. After setting up a field goal with a 54-yard kickoff return, Brightful gave Baltimore a 24-14 halftime lead with his team-record runback.

The rookie gathered in the ball at the 5, quickly broke to his left and cruised down the sideline.

"I saw the guys double-team the outside guy, and I saw Ed Reed coming back for the block,'' Brightful said. "I took it from there.''

Lewis ran for 135 yards as the Ravens (4-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and denied Cincinnati a second straight victory following last week's rout of expansion Houston.

Brandon Bennett ran a kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter -- the Bengals' first score in Baltimore since 1998. There were plenty more points to follow, but Cincinnati (1-8) lost its sixth straight on the road against the Ravens.

"On the road, in order to win, you can't turn the ball over four times,'' said Kitna, who threw three interceptions. "It's disappointing. I wish I would have played a little bit better.''

Kitna went 28-for-42 for 272 yards and two touchdowns, and Corey Dillon ran for 102 yards. But the Bengals are now assured a 12th straight non-winning season.

"We're going to win our share,'' Bengals coach Dick LeBeau said. "They made a few bigger plays than we did, and we turned the ball over too many times. We also got hit on the coverage teams a couple of times.''

Baltimore quarterback Jeff Blake went 16-for-24 for 183 yards and a touchdown against his former team. He was 0-2 since taking over as the starter for the injured Chris Redman.

The Ravens scored a touchdown on their opening possession for the first time this season, moving 76 yards in a drive that ended with a 1-yard run by Lewis.

The lead lasted 13 seconds -- the amount of time it took Bennett to pick up the bouncing kickoff, break past the wedge, cut left and sprint into the end zone.

"The guys blocked great. All I had to was run, because I didn't have to break any tackles or anything,'' he said.

Minutes later, Reed provided his gaffe, which was sure to make all the blooper reels. But Thomas got it right, juggling Kitna's pass into the flat before grabbing hold and lumbering into the end zone to make it 14-7.

"You just run as fast as you can until you get into the end zone,'' Thomas said, then quickly added, "I just didn't want to stick the ball out.''

Cincinnati pulled even when Kitna capped an 81-yard drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson, who finished with seven catches for 110 yards.

Game notes

Bengals DT Oliver Gibson tore his left Achilles' tendon, and CB Ligarius Jennings tore his left ACL. Both are expected to be lost for the season. ... Lewis became the Ravens' career rushing leader with 2,145 yards, passing Priest Holmes. ... Bennett's kickoff return for a touchdown was the first by Cincinnati since 1999. ... Baltimore improved to 2-3 this season without LB Ray Lewis, who missed a fifth straight game with a partially separated left shoulder.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Scoring Summary

Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yds, 0:00
balTD6:30Jamal Lewis, 2 yd run
Drive info: 3 plays, 19 yds, 0:50
Drive info: 3 plays, 19 yds, 0:50
balFG3:04Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yds, 1:49
Drive info: 1 plays, 7 yds, 1:50
balTD11:19Jamal Lewis, 1 yd run
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yds, 3:36
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yds, 3:47
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:44
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yds, 3:36
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yds, 3:47
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:44
cinFG10:01Neil Rackers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 38 yds, 5:30
cinFG13:34Neil Rackers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yds, 14:09
Drive info: 14 plays, 77 yds, 3:36
Drive info: 14 plays, 77 yds, 3:36