The difference with Lewis yesterday compared to his usual dominant play against the Browns was his ability to break away from the defense.
Last year, he pulled away for six runs of 23 yards or more. Yesterday, he didn't have a run of 10 yards.
It wasn't the same Lewis or offensive line. Two of the five starters - All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden (sprained knee) and center Mike Flynn (broken collarbone) - were sidelined, and backups Ethan Brooks and Casey Rabach didn't provide the same physical push.
"When you lose two of your starting linemen, things are going to be a little different," Lewis said. "But we'll get used to it."
The absences on the line affected quarterback Kyle Boller, too.
Brooks was repeatedly beaten by Browns end Kenard Lang, who tied a career-high with three sacks. He also forced a fumble.
The pressure never allowed Boller to get into a comfort zone. He was wildly inaccurate and finished 22-for-38 for 191 yards.
One of Boller's two interceptions - which came when he lofted a pass to a covered Kevin Johnson - and his fumble resulted in all of the Browns' 10 fourth-quarter points.
"I don't think Kyle Boller is the reason we didn't win today," Billick said.
The Ravens also had to defend their play-calling.
Trailing 3-0 in the second quarter, the Ravens chose to throw instead of run on third-and-two at their 49-yard line. Besides not seeing tight end Todd Heap uncovered 15 yards downfield, Boller overthrew receiver Travis Taylor down the middle of the field.
"If we complete that, it was a good throw," Billick said. "If Travis can open up and get that, it's a brilliant play and a brilliant call."
No such debate exists, the Ravens said, about their mind-set, which will be tested Sunday in their home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"We still have all the confidence in the world," Weaver said. "This was a minor setback. We're going to get it back on track."
Until yesterday, Jamal Lewis had had the Browns' number with a career average of 7.3 yards per carry and five 100-yard games in six career meetings against Cleveland.
Date, Site, Att., Yds., Avg., LG, TD
Oct. 1, 2000, Cle., 13, 86, 6.6, 27, 0,
Nov. 26, 2000, Bal., 30, 170, 5.7, 36, 2
Oct. 6, 2002, Cle., 26, 187, 7.2, 75, 0
Dec. 22, 2002, Bal., 21, 100, 4.8, 25, 0
Sept. 14, 2003, Bal., 30, 295, 9.8, 82, 2
Dec. 21, 2003, Cle., 22, 205, 9.3, 72, 2
Sept. 12, 2004, Cle., 20, 57, 2.9, 9, 0
Browns 20, Ravens 3