- The Washington Times - Monday, December 24, 2001

BALTIMORE The streak is over.
Corey Dillon, one of the more underappreciated running backs in the league, became the first back in the Baltimore Ravens' last 51 games to rush for more than 100 yards.
Dillon, a wonderful blend of speed and power, rushed for 127 yards on 24 carries in the Ravens' 16-0 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He is only the sixth player in NFL history to top 1,000 yards in each of his first five seasons.
With massive run-stuffing defensive tackle Tony Siragusa on the sideline because of a knee and calf injury, Dillon was able to find holes in the Ravens defense.
Dillon ended the Ravens' streak in style. On first-and-10 at the Bengals 35 and stuck on 99 yards, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound back went off right guard and barreled 19 yards through the Ravens middle for his longest run of the game. Dillon has rushed for 1,137 yards this season.
"If anybody's going to get it, Corey Dillon would be the one to get it. He's a heck of a back," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "[The streak] is one of those things that was fun; I think it indicated something … but unless it superseded a win, it's just one of those numbers that you pass it by."

Takeo, where's my car?
Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe wasn't done with Bengals linebacker Takeo Spikes.
Sharpe, who felt he was a victim of Bengals cheap shots, particularly by Spikes, said the only reason people have heard of Spikes is because the tight end mentioned his name last week in an interview.
Last week, Sharpe said that comparing Spikes to Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis was like comparing the film, "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "Titanic."
On the field, Spikes wanted the last word, but couldn't get it.
"Like I told him, I said, 'why would I argue with you? I've won more games in one year (16) than you have won in your career (15),'" Sharpe said. "He got upset with that. He got more publicity by arguing with me, or me commenting on him, than he has ever got playing."

Pro beach volleyball
Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna gave a pitiful Karch Kiraly impersonation.
Trailing 10-0 with 1:13 left before halftime and facing a first-and-10 at the Ravens 20, Lewis intercepted Kitna the first of his two picks on a bizarre play.
Kitna rifled a pass that deflected off the helmet of defensive end Rob Burnett and shot straight up in the air. In a feeble attempt to prevent a Ravens interception, Kitna jumped and tried to spike the ball into the ground. Kitna sent the ball into Lewis' stomach and he returned the ball 30 yards to the Ravens 48. Eight plays later, Ravens kicker Matt Stover nailed a 29-yard field goal just before halftime to give the Ravens a 13-0 lead.
"One thing about the bounce of the ball, sometimes it bounces the way you want it, sometimes it doesn't, it's always a 50-50 chance," Lewis said.


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