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Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - rushed 22 times for 205 yards and scored two touchdowns to keep the Baltimore firmly in the playoff hunt with a 35-0 victory over Cleveland at Cleveland Stadium. Lewis, who rushed for an NFL single-game record 295 yards in Baltimore's first game with the this season, was held in check with only 41 first-half yards. But Lewis busted out with a 72-yard touchdown run and a 46-yard gallop in the third quarter, as Baltimore (9-6) improved to 7-3 in its series with the new .

"You just have to be patient," Lewis said. "Eventually they (Cleveland's defense) will wear down and our line is very physical. I just stayed patient and knew they (yards) would come in the second half."

Lewis went over 1,900 yards rushing this season, as his 1,952 yards -- 500 of those coming in two games versus Cleveland -- leads all NFL running backs.

"We had a chance to hold every single one of those long runs to under 10 yards," Head Coach Butch Davis said. "We either missed the tackle or didn't come off the corner in the right position."

Baltimore's defense recorded five sacks, forced three fumbles, intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown. had two sacks and two forced fumbles for the , who moved back into sole possession of first place in the AFC North after Cincinnati's loss to St. Louis and can capture the division title with a win over Pittsburgh next week.

"That is definitely good for the defense," Raven linebacker said. "I think it was big, especially in a hostile environment."

rushed for 68 yards on 20 carries, as Cleveland (4-11) lost its fifth straight game.

got off to a great start for the by completing his first six passes of the contest. However, the good beginning quickly came to an end, as Couch proceeded to only complete 11 of his next 27 passes. Couch ended by going 17-of-33 for 163 yards and the one pick.

Cleveland had done a good job of containing Lewis in the first half, but the second half proved to be a different story.

Lewis' fourth run of the third quarter was the play that broke it open, as he cut back against the grain and raced 72 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 ' lead with 6:14 left in the third.

"They played over a bit too much," Lewis added. "I got out the backside. The hole was there and no one was back there."

His 46-yard rush late in the third set up a 44-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the quarter, but the kick went right and smacked off the upright.

Lewis then ripped off a 24-yard scoring run with 11:55 left in the final quarter for a 21-0 Baltimore lead.

The ' defense got into the act of scoring, as intercepted his first pass of the season and returned it 52 yards for the score and 28-0 advantage.

Rookie running back scored on an 11-yard run with a little over 90 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.

Both teams had trouble moving the ball in a scoreless first quarter, as the advanced into Cleveland territory once, but the possession ended at the ' 41 when was sacked by .

A 27-yard, shanked punt gave Baltimore great field position at its own 42 on the ' only scoring drive of the second quarter.

was Baltimore's workhorse on the march with a 23-yard catch and run to Cleveland's 18 and a 14-yard run a play later to the ' four-yard line.

Wright capped the drive three plays later with a one-yard TD toss to for a 7-0 Baltimore edge with 2:44 left until halftime.

Baltimore had a chance to add to its lead in the last minute of the quarter, but another Myers' sack of Wright knocked the out of field goal range.

Couch then connected on a 49-yard pass to Andre Davis to the Baltimore 30. Cleveland moved it to Baltimore's 20-yard line, but 's 37-yard field goal attempt went wide left at the end of the quarter.

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