- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 19, 2001


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Rookie running back LaMont Jordan scored the game's only touchdown on a 10-yard run, and John Hall kicked three field goals in the New York Jets' 16-3 preseason victory over the Baltimore Ravens last night.

The Ravens, playing their first preseason game after their scheduled opener was canceled because of unplayable turf conditions in Philadelphia, showed little of the defensive intensity that carried them to the Super Bowl title last season. The Jets snapped the Ravens' 12-game preseason winning streak that dated to 1997.

Led at quarterback by free agent signee Elvis Grbac in the first quarter, Randall Cunningham in the second period and Chris Redman in the second half, Baltimore moved the ball effectively between the 20s.

But the Jets spoiled four Ravens possessions with three third-down sacks and a hard hit that caused a third-down incompletion. New York also held Baltimore to no gain on a run and a pass completion on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 from the Jets' 31 in the fourth quarter, and the Ravens hurt themselves when Redman fumbled a snap on a third-and-7.

The Jets (1-1), leading 9-3 after Hall's 49-yard field go al in the third quarter, scored their touchdown in the first minute of the fourth period with an 80-yard drive.

Chad Pennington, who played the second half in relief of Vinny Testaverde, hit Matthew Hatchette for 37 yards to the Baltimore 36, and Jordan went for 26 more to the 10 on the next play. Following an incompletion, Jordan got a clearing block from Jerald Sowell to score easily.

Terry Allen, signed by the Ravens after star running back Jamal Lewis was lost for the season with a knee injury, did not play. Jason Brookins and Chris Barnes ran well at times, but Baltimore's mistakes consistently stopped its possessions.

Hall kicked two field goals in the first half as the Jets took a 6-3 halftime lead.

A 37-yarder after the Jets' opening possession was set up by Lavernaues Coles' 44-yard kickoff return. Hall's 20-yarder came after a drive stalled at the 2. Testaverde had a 20-yard pass to Wayne Chrebet and an 18-yard completion to Curtis Martin on consecutive plays to set up the kick.

Matt Stover kicked a 40-yard field goal for the Ravens in the first minute of the second quarter. Brookins had runs of nine and six yards and a reception for 15 yards before the field goal.

Note: The Ravens' undefeated streak in the preseason was complied with perfect records from 1998 to 2000.

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