- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 5, 2004

BALTIMORE — A Priest answered a desperate Kansas City prayer.

The winless Chiefs, staring at their worst start since 1980, used a former Baltimore Ravens running back and a passing attack that could not be stopped.

Priest Holmes, who left the Ravens after the 2000 season, rushed for 133 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to a stunning 27-24 victory over the Ravens before 69,827 last night at M&T; Bank Stadium.

Holmes became the first running back in the past 10 games to rush for more than 100 yards against the stingy Ravens defense. Since 2000, Baltimore has allowed only eight 100-yard rushers.

The Ravens were concerned the desperate Chiefs would be a dangerous team and their fears were realized as the Kansas City offense rolled through the Ravens for 398 total yards. Quarterback Trent Green was 21 of 31 for 223 yards and one touchdown. The 27 points were the most allowed by the Ravens this season.

The Chiefs (1-3) remained undefeated (3-0) all time against the Ravens. The loss dropped the Ravens (2-2) out of first in the AFC North, one game behind the division-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1).

The game could have been billed as a showdown of two of the top running backs in the league and former teammates — Holmes and Ravens workhorse Jamal Lewis. But Lewis didn’t come close to matching his former mentor. Lewis was respectable. He gained 73 yards on 15 carries but it wasn’t enough.

The Chiefs, behind Holmes, took a 27-17 lead into the fourth quarter. But Lewis took over on the Ravens’ opening drive of the period.

Starting at their 38, the Ravens marched 62 yards behind the bruising running of Lewis. He carried the ball six times for 38 yards and scored on a 1-yard run with 9:14 left in the game that cut the lead to 27-24.

For the fourth straight game, the Ravens scored on their opening drive when kicker Matt Stover booted a 50-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. It was Stover’s first 50-plus yard field goal in nearly two years. His last was a 51-yarder on Oct. 13, 2002 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Lewis carried the ball three times for 20 yards, including an 18-yarder on a toss on the game’s first play. Ravens second-year quarterback Kyle Boller completed two of three passes for 17 yards on the drive.

The Ravens offense was efficient to start, but their defense could not handle Kansas City’s high-powered offense.

Green carved up Baltimore’s secondary on Kansas City’s first two drives, completing seven of 10 passes for 67 yards and leading his team to 10 first-quarter points. They were the first points the Ravens defense has allowed in the first quarter this season.

Green marched the Chiefs 60 yards in 4:56 on their first possession, including a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Dunn that gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead. Tony Gonzalez, a perennial Pro Bowl player, is usually the Chiefs tight end who makes the big plays. In fact Dunn came into the game with just one reception this season. But in the first quarter Dunn was Green’s favorite receiver, hitting him three times for 23 yards.

The Chiefs extended the lead to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.

The Ravens tied the game at 10-10 early in the second quarter on a 57-yard flea-flicker from Boller to wide receiver Randy Hymes. Lewis took a pitch from Boller and ran right, but then stopped threw a lateral back to Boller who hit Hymes in stride at the 10 for an easy score.

The Chiefs answered with a gruelling 14-play, 79-yard drive that consumed 8:08 of the clock and culminated with Holmes’ 4-yard scoring run off left tackle.

Once again the Ravens countered with another big play when rookie B.J. Sams broke a 58-yard punt return for his first career touchdown with 1:30 left in the first half. Sams accounted for 197 first-half return yards. He had 130 yards in kickoff returns, including one for 44 and another for 41 yards.

Note — A lawyer for Jamal Lewis’ co-defendant in a drug conspiracy case asked a federal court yesterday to unseal details of closed-door plea negotiations between attorneys for the Baltimore Ravens running back and the government.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, attorney Steve Sadow argues that because key elements of the negotiations have been leaked to news media, there is no reason to keep any paperwork associated with the discussions under wraps.

“Jamal Lewis’ case is of great interest to the defendant and the public,” wrote Sadow, a lawyer for the co-defendant, Angelo Jackson.

Lewis, 25, is charged with helping broker a cocaine deal for Jackson, 26, a childhood friend, during conversations with a government informant in Atlanta during the summer of 2000. Both are scheduled to stand trial Nov. 1, which would occur in the middle of the NFL season.

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