Ravens' road to Super Bowl glory
The Miami Dolphins' defense punished a porous Ravens offensive line in a rain-soaked, nationally televised victory.

The Dolphins sacked Tony Banks six times, including four in the first half, as Banks fumbled twice and was consistently hurried in the pocket. He managed to complete 19 of 31passes for 189 yards and one interception.

Miami's defense stuffed Jamal Lewis, and despite runs of 45, 17 and 10 yards, the rookie running back could not charge the Ravens into the end zone.

The Ravens spotted the Dolphins a 13-point lead before kicker Matt Stover booted a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Stover added a 33-yard field goal in the fourth.

"They threw some different stuff at us, but this is the NFL," left guard Edwin Mulitalo said. "If you can't handle those kinds of things, you don't need to be here. When it came down to it, they got their job done, they got their game plan done, and we didn't."

Player of the Game: RB Jamal Lewis – 76 yards on nine carries and 22 yards on two receptions

Week 4: Ravens 37, Bengals 0
PSINet Stadium

The Ravens posted their second shutout of the season, and running backs Jamal Lewis and Priest Holmes combined for 167 rushing yards in a dominant performance against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Lewis scored his first NFL touchdown on an 11-yard rush in the second quarter and amassed 116 yards on 25 carries. The Ravens' defense set single-game team records for fewest rushing yards (4), passing yards (90), total yards (94) and first downs (seven) allowed. Defensive end Rob Burnett recorded 2.5 sacks, while defensive backs Duane Starks and Rod Woodson each had an interception.

"Team is what's going to win ballgames," tight end Shannon Sharpe said. "People keep saying we've got great defense. Well, Tampa has proved you can't win Super Bowls, can't win championships, by playing great defense and not having an offense."

Quarterback Tony Banks completed 20 of 36 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Stover added field goals from 19, 30 and 37 yards.

Player of the Game: RB Jamal Lewis – first NFL touchdown and 100-yard rushing performance

Week 5: Ravens 12, Browns 0
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Stadium

The Ravens became the first NFL team in 15 years to post back-to-back shutouts, stuffing the Cleveland Browns. The victory was the Ravens' seventh straight against AFC Central opponents and second road shutout of the season.

Cornerback Robert Bailey set the tone in the second quarter by forcing Browns fullback Marc Edwards to fumble on consecutive plays inside the 10-yard line -- the second of which safety Rod Woodson recovered in the end zone for a touchback. Linebacker Ray Lewis, cornerback Duane Starks and Woodson each made an interception.

"Every NFL team has a $62 million salary cap," defensive end Rob Burnett said. "We're shutting them out, the best of the best, every week. We play the best available athletes money can buy. To be able to get a shutout in this league is phenomenal."

While the defense excelled, the offense faltered. Quarterback Tony Banks completed only 18 of 34 passes for 169 yards and one interception. Neither Jamal Lewis nor Priest Holmes could find the end zone despite combining for 168 rushing yards. Instead, the Ravens settled for four field goals by Matt Stover, including two from beyond 40 yards.