Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Alex Lewis of Baltimore Ravens avoids serious neck injury, possible for Sunday

Alex Lewis of Baltimore Ravens avoids serious neck injury, possible for Sunday

It isn't a coincidence that one of the Ravens' best all-time defensive efforts came against Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who retired as Ravens defensive coordinator at the end of last season before joining Tennessee less than a month later.

Not only did the team win the game 21-0, but the defense played like insane all game long.

The Ravens defense was so dominant that they sacked Mariota more times than he had completions throwing 1o passes for 117 yards on the day. This is the first season that offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur has called plays, and the Titans have a Pro Bowl left tackle in Taylor Lewan, two Heisman Trophy winners in Mariota and running back Derrick Henry, and right tackle Jack Conklin was an All Pro as a rookie.

After the game, Mariota was asked if he had ever been a part of a game like this before.

Linebacker Za'Darius Smith led the way with a hat trick, getting to Mariota early: he took Mariota down on the Titans' first possession, on a third-and-long play to force a punt.

In rushing, Alex Collins ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns in 19 carries while Gus Edwards added 42 yards in 10 carries. It didn't help as the Saint Louis alum was sacked the most in his four-year National Football League career and most allowed by the Titans since giving up seven in a loss at Houston on November 1, 2015.

Baltimore faces an extremely crucial matchup against the New Orleans Saints next Sunday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt was sacked two days later.

"No one's going to feel sorry for us", Mariota said.

Eight Ravens would register a sack on Sunday.

"We've got to do better", Mariota said.

The Titans have now fallen to 3-3 on the season, while the Baltimore Ravens moved to 4-2.

The Tennessee Titans made a coaching change after winning their first playoff game in 14 years to rev up Marcus Mariota and the offense.

Lewis, a second-year starter, was injured on a run-blocking play where he collided with a Tennessee Titans defender and his head snapped back.

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