The Ravens lead the league in one category, but this is not the kind of leadership you want.
The Ravens coughed up their league-leading 16th and 17th fumbles of the season in the first quarter of today's game against the Cleveland Browns. First, returner Cory Ross was stripped of the football on a punt return, and then quarterback Kyle Boller dropped the ball while attempting a pass.
Add a Boller interception and the Ravens have turned the ball over 25 times this season. That's just two fewer than the Houston Texans, who lead the league with 27 turnovers.
* Ray Lewis' third career interception return for a touchdown may have been his easiest. Lewis didn't even have to move as Browns quarterback Derek Anderson's pass was way behind wide receiver Joe Jurevicius on a crossing route.
* The offense hasn't exactly lit up the scoreboard with Boller at quarterback instead of Steve McNair. The offense didn't record its first first down until there was 1 minute, 8 seconds left on the clock in the second quarter. Boller's first completion was a pass in the left flat to running back Musa Smith early in the second quarter that resulted in a gain of zero yards. The offense had only compiled seven yards before registering its first first down.
* Ross is returning punts because there is still some concern about rookie Yamon Figurs' sprained right knee. Figurs has returned two kickoffs for a total of 55 yards, while Ross has returned two punts for seven yards.
* There's no good explanation for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata punching Browns left tackle Joe Thomas in the helmet during Lewis' fumble recovery. But it did appear that Thomas, who was battling Lewis for the loose ball, had at least one arm wrapped around Ngata's left ankle, and Ngata reacted. Nevertheless, he reacted poorly, and his 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty cost the Ravens better field position.
* Referee Pete Morelli, after reviewing a Ravens challenge of a Browns completion and first down, said the play could not be reviewed because "the system has malfunctioned." That seems to be status quo when we're talking about this game.