The Bills ran nine plays inside the Ravens' 10-yard line and couldn't crack past the 4-yard line.

Buffalo's first try came when Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller got hit from the blind side and fumbled on the second play from scrimmage at his 22. But Adalius Thomas sacked Bledsoe on third down to force a short field goal.

Buffalo's final try came with six minutes left when linebacker Ray Lewis broke up a pass at the goal line and Williams grabbed the tipped ball to seal the win. Blockading the end zone has become a habit recently, with the Ravens not surrendering a touchdown in 19 series.

"It would seem arrogant to say that we aren't playing as well as we could play," Sanders said. "That's the truth."

Humility has been reserved for the Ravens' offense.

Without Jamal Lewis, who will serve the last game of his league suspension Sunday in Philadelphia, the Ravens could put together only one drive over 40 yards. It was an 83-yard one in the second quarter that was capped by B.J. Sams' 5-yard run, the only touchdown by the offense yesterday, and gave the Ravens a 17-3 lead.

Outside of that, the Ravens didn't make a first down on seven of their 12 possessions, including none on their last five.

Chester Taylor, who replaced Lewis, gained 57 of his 89 yards in the first half. Likewise, Boller was 10-for-16 for 86 yards in the first half and 0-for-3 the rest of the game. His last completed pass came with 2:54 left in the second quarter.

The offensive slide struck an emotional chord with Billick.

"We won, 20-6. Would you rather have the other?" he said. "I'm sure there's a bunch of teams that threw for a bunch of yards and lost this week. You choose. You tell me which one you want."

Asked if the Ravens could beat contending teams with this type of offensive effort, Billick said, "We'll find out next week, won't we?"

Billick wasn't the only one pointing to Sunday's game on the road against the undefeated Eagles.

Only a few minutes after yesterday's win, the Ravens' players already were talking about the challenge of facing quarterback Donovan McNabb and receiver Terrell Owens.

"If you're a great defense, you always want to go up against a great offense," Suggs said. "I think besides Minnesota, they're the hottest offense out there right now. We're definitely looking forward to seeing them. This is the type of game this team needs."
Bringing it back

Deion Sanders returned an interception for a touchdown for the ninth time in his career, moving into a tie for second place on the NFL's all-time list.

Player, Seasons, TD
Rod Woodson, 1987-2003, 12
Deion Sanders, 1989-'00, '04, 9
Ken Houston, 1967-1980, 9