Owens’ Dance Ruffles Ravens

From Associated Press

Terrell Owens gave Ray Lewis some dance tips, mocking the All-Pro linebacker with a few of his own moves and making even more enemies in Baltimore.

Owens had an 11-yard touchdown catch, and David Akers kicked three field goals, helping the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens, 15-10, on Sunday to reach 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Owens, who angered Lewis and other Ravens when he spurned Baltimore and forced a trade to the Eagles in March, had eight catches for 101 yards. After breaking several tackles to score in the fourth quarter, Owens, known for his innovative celebrations, imitated the dance Lewis does when he’s introduced before home games.


“Don’t be a coward and wait until you make one play to do something,” Lewis said. “What’s flattering is he has me on his mind when he’s at home.”

Lewis and Owens have exchanged verbal shots since Owens, a four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, refused to play for the Ravens after San Francisco initially traded him to Baltimore.

The Ravens’ offense, missing three Pro Bowl players, sure could have used Owens. They didn’t score until Kyle Boller threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Wilcox in the fourth quarter.

Baltimore (4-3) drove to Philadelphia’s 48 in the final two minutes, but Boller’s fourth-down pass was incomplete.

“We lost the game and you can’t ever feel good about a loss,” Raven Coach Brian Billick said.

Donovan McNabb completed 18 of 33 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown, and also scrambled for 36 yards, setting up two field goals with his runs. Akers kicked field goals of 20, 41 and 43 yards.

Leading 9-3, the Eagles got the ball at their 35 after Chester Taylor fumbled in the fourth quarter.

Then, McNabb and Owens took over. The two connected on passes of 15 and 11 yards, before hooking up for a score that made it 15-3.

Owens’ celebration got more attention than his play.

“His dance made me sick,” Raven defensive end Anthony Weaver said.

“I would not want to mess with Ray, and that is all I have to say.”

Baltimore was without tight end Todd Heap, running back Jamal Lewis and tackle Jonathan Ogden.