Ray Lewis hasn't played in a month, though the Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker set a fairly attainable goal in a pre-game pep talk, several hours before a 55-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders became final.
"Let's dominate these boys!" Lewis told his teammates Sunday in his first game back at M&T Bank since triceps surgery.
No problem. The Ravens -- even without Lewis, who is on injured reserve -- were, after all, facing the struggling Oakland Raiders. Baltimore reeled off the most points in team history, scored two special teams touchdowns (a fake field goal and a 105-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones) and rested most of their vital starters a good portion of the second half.
The task immediately becomes more difficult next Sunday night as the Ravens travel to play the Steelers, the first of two matchups over the next three weeks between the rivals that could decide the AFC North.
"This game stands on its own," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of next week's contest. ...