Baltimore (0-1) at Tennessee (0-1)

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  • Game info: 1:00 pm EDT Sun Sep 18, 2005
  • TV: CBS
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The Baltimore Ravens will turn to backup quarterback Anthony Wright to jump-start their offense as they visit the Tennessee Titans.

Wright takes over for starter Kyle Boller, who hyperextended his right big toe in the third quarter of Baltimore’s season-opening 24-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday.

Much like last season, Boller failed to move the Ravens’ offense into the end zone against the Colts. The third-year quarterback finished 15-for-23 for 141 yards with an interception.

Baltimore coach Brian Billick said the gameplan for Tennessee won’t be altered much with Wright taking the snaps instead of Boller.

“One of the nice things about Kyle and Anthony is they have similar attributes,” Billick said. “They’re both active in the pocket, they both have strong arms, they both move around decently, so we don’t have to change a whole lot.”

It also helped that Wright got to play the final 20 minutes against the Colts.

“The good thing about it is we’ve practiced with Anthony,” Baltimore wide receiver Derrick Mason said. “He got an opportunity to play in the second half. It’s not like we’re in Week 9 or 10 and all of a sudden you throw him in there.”

Mason spent his first eight seasons with the Titans before getting cut for salary cap reasons in the offseason. The 5-foot-10 wide receiver had 96 receptions for 1,168 yards and seven touchdowns with Tennessee last season.

The Ravens have a bye next week, and Billick said Boller could be ready to play against the New York Jets on Oct. 2. Whether Boller will reclaim the starting job is still uncertain.

“Anthony Wright is our starting quarterback, and he will be our starting quarterback until circumstances change,” Billick said. “That’s the only approach we can take. Kyle’s going to be in his boot watching the game this weekend. That’s as far forward as we’re going to go with it.”

The Ravens’ top priority Sunday will be getting Jamal Lewis and the running game going to take pressure off Wright against the Titans. Lewis ran for only 48 yards on 16 carries against the Colts. He had 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games last season. Baltimore is 22-6 when Lewis tops the 100-yard mark.

Tennessee is looking to rebound from a 34-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.

The Titans shed many of their former stars for salary cap reasons after a 5-11 season and looked it against the Steelers, especially on defense with four new starters.

Quarterback Steve McNair returned after missing half of the 2004 season with a sternum injury, going 18-of-26 for 219 yards and a touchdown. Chris Brown averaged 5.7 yards on his 11 carries, but there weren’t many other bright spots for the Titans.

“I think we had a number of younger players welcomed to the NFL today,” Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said.

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Preseason
  Thursday, Sep 1  
  Atlanta
Miami 20
17 Final
     
  Houston
Tampa Bay 14
38 Final
     
  NY Jets
Philadelphia 37
14 Final
     
  Washington
Baltimore 20
26 Final
OT
     
  Pittsburgh
Carolina 21
17 Final
     
  Cleveland
Chicago 16
6 Final
     
  Jacksonville
Dallas 20
27 Final
     
  Green Bay
Tennessee 21
17 Final
     
  NY Giants
New England 27
3 Final
     
  New Orleans
Oakland 6
13 Final
     
  San Francisco
San Diego 24
28 Final
      Friday, Sep 2  
  Detroit
Buffalo 21
7 Final
     
  Indianapolis
Cincinnati 0
38 Final
     
  Kansas City
St. Louis 23
27 Final
     
  Minnesota
Seattle 23
21 Final
     
  Denver
Arizona 30
21 Final