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In his first start since 2005, backup quarterback Kyle Boller has been solid in the first half of today's game against the New York Jets. Aside from a severely underthrown ball to wide receiver Derrick Mason that hit rookie cornerback Darrelle Revis in the helmet and an out to Mason that Revis nearly intercepted, Boller has been efficient and on-target with most of his throws.

Mason has been his favorite target (seven catches for 49 yards), but Boller has spread the wealth, throwing the football to eight different receivers. He looked in command during the team's final drive of the first half when he helped the Ravens march 57 yards on 12 plays and ended the possession with a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Todd Heap.

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Boller has completed 17 of 24 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns (one to running back Willis McGahee). Boller still needs to work on refraining from throwing while backpedaling, but he has looked decent. And Boller is tough as evidenced by his desire to stay in the game despite spitting blood after a two-yard sneak with less than two minutes left in the half.

Other notes:

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• Mason looks like the receiver he was in 2005 when he set a franchise record with 86 receptions. He's running precise routes, accelerating away from tacklers and even caught a pass while falling forward onto his face. Curiously, Mark Clayton did not make an appearance until the second quarter.

• The Ravens got away with one during rookie Yamon Figurs' 61-yard kickoff return early in the second quarter. Replays showed tight end Quinn Sypniewski twisting Jets kicker Mike Nugent's facemask during the return. Instead, the Ravens used the return to set up a 28-yard field goal from Matt Stover.

• The Ravens appeared to be rotating Chris Chester and rookie Ben Grubbs at right guard. Chester made his second straight start, but Grubbs was in the game for a good portion of the first half. Chester did have a wrap on his left elbow, which may be the reason for the switch.

• Stover's streak of 11 consecutive field goals in the regular season (spanning since last season) ended when he pushed a 46-yard attempt wide right late in the second quarter.

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