- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 7, 2004

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — No player in the NFL has inflicted as much punishment on the Cleveland Browns as Jamal Lewis. And perhaps no player has as much incentive headed into tonight’s game as the Baltimore Ravens running back.

Lewis returns tonight from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, handed down after Lewis pleaded guilty last month to setting up a drug deal four years ago.

A rested and refreshed Lewis could spell trouble for the Browns (3-4) at M&T; Bank Stadium. In seven career games against the Browns, Lewis has rushed for 1,100 yards, including 295 in Week2 last year to set the NFL’s single-game record.

“Oh yeah, it’s a big game,” Lewis said. “Every game is a big game, just due to what happened to us last time. We just want to go in and put it together and show that we’re a better team than they saw last time.”

Last time was pretty ugly for the Ravens (4-3). The Browns defeated the Ravens 20-3 in the first game of the season, holding Lewis to just 57 yards on 20 carries.

“I don’t have anything to show [the Browns],” Lewis said. “I just want to get back into the groove of things. I feel like we have to go out and do better than we did last time.”

Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden sat out that game because of a sprained left knee and likely will miss this game as well with a pulled hamstring. Ethan Brooks, who played well last week in place of Ogden against the Philadelphia Eagles, will start again at left tackle.

Browns defensive end Kenard Lang dominated Brooks in the first meeting between these teams. Lang, a former Washington Redskin, tied a career best when he sacked Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller three times for minus-25 yards.

“Yeah, I’m not making excuses for Ethan, but Kenard did a good job,” Ravens coach Brian Billick said. “It was late in the game, and they turned him loose. Ethan had played the right side for a long time for [Orlando Brown], so he spent his whole time there during training camp. He then had to go to the left side. You saw last week that he played much better, and you can expect that this week.”

The Ravens secondary also will need to play better than it did the first time. Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia led his offense to 17 unanswered points in the game’s final 16 minutes. With 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a tied game, Garcia found wide receiver Quincy Morgan on a 46-yard touchdown strike that made it 10-3.

On the Browns’ next possession, Garcia hit wide receiver Andre Davis on a 51-yard bomb, setting up a 25-yard Phil Dawson field goal that gave the Browns a 13-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

“They were huge plays that we blew a coverage or two,” Ravens cornerback Deion Sanders said. “I don’t think that will happen this weekend. We can’t allow it to happen with this defense. We are too good, and if we can nullify those big plays then we should be fine.”

This will be a slightly different Browns passing attack than the one the Ravens saw in Week1. Rookie tight end Kellen Winslow, who caught four passes for 39 yards in the first game, is out for the season with a broken leg. Morgan is gone after the Browns dealt him to the Dallas Cowboys for wide receiver Antonio Bryant on Oct.14.

“You can’t concentrate on what [Garcia] did against us because those mistakes have been corrected,” Ravens safety Ed Reed said.

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