Ravens (1-2) at Lions (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
RB Jamal Lewis: Something isn't right here. Even in his best outing of the season, Lewis was ordinary rather than overpowering, effective but hardly explosive. He shoved and stutter-stepped his way to an unremarkable 81 yards on 29 carries, helping the Ravens out-ugly the Jets. Blame the play-calling. Blame the offensive line. Blame Lewis, who's been accused of putting in something less than 110 percent to protest the fact that he doesn't have a new contract. But any way you slice it, it's clear that this is not vintage Jamal. It's like Jamal Lite -- same taste, less thrilling. Until something changes, he remains an average fantasy running back. Rating: 3 out of 5.
RB Chester Taylor: It seems the best thing to come out of the Ravens bye week is an increased role for Taylor, who had a season-high 11 carries and a 20-yard reception against the Jets. He's not a fantasy option yet, but it's good to know the Ravens recognize his value. Keep him on your radar. Rating: 1 out of 5.
QB Anthony Wright: The Ravens want Wright to manage the game, not take it over. He's little more than a middle man between center Mike Flynn and Lewis or Taylor. Until the Ravens decide to open up the passing game -- and we're talking about more than an ill-advised flea flicker here -- Wright has limited fantasy appeal. Rating: 1 out of 5.
WR Derrick Mason: Even with the passing game on the back burner, Mason managed to get his vs. the Jets with five catches for 54 yards, giving him 21 grabs for 213 yards on the season. Expect him to fall right around his average -- 7 catches, 75 yards -- against an average Lions defense that got beat for an 80-yard TD pass to Joey Galloway last week. Rating: 3 out of 5.
WR Mark Clayton: The rookie got his first start in Week 4 and responded with one catch for 4 yards. He also failed to hang on to a potential first-down pass over the middle. Rating: 0 out of 5.
TE Todd Heap: Heap had a big 24-yard reception on the Ravens TD drive but little else to get excited about against the Jets in Week 4. The touchdown watch continues, and it could last for at least another week. The Lions haven't allowed a tight end TD this season. Rating: 3 out of 5.
Ravens defense: Now that's more like it. Facing an overmatched offense led by first-time starter Brooks Bollinger, the defense was predictably impressive with five sacks and a key goal-line stand in the third quarter. The Ravens didn't force any turnovers, but that's about to change against erratic QB Joey Harrington and Detroit Lions.
Harrington handled himself well in Week 4 against Tampa Bay, committing no turnovers and leading a potential game-winning drive that came up just short. But he also threw for just 137 yards and has yet to top 200 yards this season. One of his targets, Charles Rogers, was suspended for four games Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but Harrington can still turn to No. 1 receiver Roy Williams, ex-Raven Kevin Johnson and rookie Mike Williams.
Detroit will have to find a way to pass the ball, because they're unlikely to have much success on the ground against the league's No. 2 run defense. Kevin Jones has taken a nose dive since Week 1 with 20 carries for 60 yards and a TD in his past two games, and he's in danger of losing carries to backup Artose Pinner. With little room to run, the Lions will be forced to go to the air, resulting in above-average outings for Roy Williams and TE Marcus Pollard along with a couple of interceptions for the turnover-starved Ravens. Rating: 5 out of 5.
Ravens: OUT: QB Kyle Boller (foot); DE Tony Weaver (toe). QUESTIONABLE: RB Alan Ricard (leg). PROBABLE: TE Todd Heap (ankle/illness).
Lions: OUT: QB Jeff Garcia (ankle); C Don Muhlbach (knee). Doubtful: RB Cory Schlesinger (fibula). QUESTIONABLE: S Vernon Fox (elbow); CB Andre' Goodman (ankle); DE James Hall (hamstring); LB Alex Lewis (ankle); CB Keith Smith (shoulder). PROBABLE: K Jason Hanson (right hamstring); DE Cory Redding (elbow).