Lewis' impact on offense wasn't only in the extra yards he punched out. It was also seen in ball control.

"He gives us time of possession," said Sharpe, whose 1-yard touchdown catch opened a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. "He keeps our offense on the field. He and Priest have contrasting running styles. He's more of a banger, and still can take it the distance. Priest is more of a slasher who makes people miss. One thing they do have in common - they're both very effective."

The running game helped the Ravens amass a whopping 17-minute edge in time of possession, and the passing game benefited. The Ravens converted 11 of their first 13 third downs. Banks, who had struggled on third downs, threw 11 of his 20 completions on third down.

"I threw good balls and we caught 'em," Banks said. "Pretty simple."

Banks threw an 8-yard scoring pass to rookie flanker Travis Taylor on third down for a 10-0, first-quarter lead. It came on the same play that Taylor dropped earlier in the quarter, a quick slant.

When Billick had backup quarterback Chris Redman still throwing to Taylor late in the fourth quarter, it heated up a rivalry that has seen the Ravens beat the Bengals five straight times.

Taylor caught two passes in a 40-yard drive that started with 5:27 left in the game. When officials ruled Taylor down outside the goal line on the second one, with two minutes left, Billick challenged the call and lost. The Ravens settled for a 19-yard Matt Stover field goal.

The upshot was that Bengals coach Bruce Coslet left the field abruptly at game's end without the traditional post-game handshake with Billick.

While Coslet issued only a terse post-game comment and took no questions, it was left to his players to address the ill will.

"That's something that is disappointing to see and when you're on the other side of it, it really makes you mad," said former Ravens quarterback Scott Mitchell, who coughed up three turnovers after replacing Smith. "I'm sure it's something that we won't forget."

Linebacker Steve Foley was even more agitated.

"Division opponents, some kind of rivalry, I don't know," he said. "That's how it is for a lot of teams. Some of them try to pay you some respect; others don't.

"Next time we play these players, we need to hit them in their mouth like they did us, so at the end of the game they're not wanting to shake our hands. That's how it's going to be."