DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Lions can’t complain about officiating this week.

Kevin Jones scored two first-quarter touchdowns and the Lions went on to beat Baltimore 35-17 Sunday, helped in part by the Ravens’ 21 penalties – one short of the NFL record – and two ejections.

Dre Bly had two interceptions and recovered a fumble for the Lions (2-2), who lost their previous game at Tampa Bay when a TD catch by Lions tight end Marcus Pollard was reversed by replay with 13 seconds left.

Baltimore (1-3) lost defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs and safety B.J. Ward because of ejections late in the third quarter in a game in which officials seemed quick to flag the visitors.

The Lions never trailed, but turned the game into a rout by outscoring the Ravens 21-7 in the second half.

Detroit’s Joey Harrington was 10-of-23 for just 97 yards with a TD and two interceptions. Jones had 26 carries for 58 yards and two scores while Shawn Bryson’s only carry was a 77-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter that gave the Lions a 35-17 lead.

The Lions were without receiver Roy Williams for two-plus quarters because of a left leg injury, leaving them with just three receivers because Charles Rogers is suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Baltimore’s Anthony Wright was 20-of-37 for 230 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Jamal Lewis ran for 95 yards and caught a 15-yard pass for a score.

The Ravens had legitimate reasons to gripe throughout the game, for instance when two defensive tackles were called for holding on the same drive, but seemed to get so frustrated they lost control.

Suggs was ejected by referee Mike Carey after he was flagged for roughing the passer and argued the call. Suggs’ facemask might have made contact with the bill of Carey’s cap, but it wasn’t clear from television replays.

After that possession ended with an extra point, Ward was ejected for making contact with an official. The contact seemed to be incidental as Ward was trying to separate teammate Ed Reed from Detroit’s Casey FitzSimmons after Reed pointed a finger in FitzSimmons’ face, apparently upset about a cut block.

Mason was later flagged for throwing the football against the wall, upset about a call an official didn’t make.

The offensively challenged Ravens got off to a rough start and Detroit took advantage of it.

Bly made a play – as promised earlier in the week – when Baltimore tried to get Mason involved. Wright’s first throw missed Mason by a few yards and Bly intercepted it at Baltimore’s 37, setting up Jones’ 14-yard TD that gave Detroit a 7-0 lead.

The Lions appeared to catch their first of many breaks – on a review – later in the first quarter.

Officials ruled Harrington fumbled – when it clearly looked like he was passing – and a review upheld the call, allowing Jones to pick up the ball and advance it 27 yards to the Ravens 2. Jones ran it in from 1 yard for a 14-0 lead.

Lewis’ 15-yard reception and Matt Stover’s 46-yard field goal made it 14-10 at halftime, but the Ravens wouldn’t get closer.

AP-ES-10-09-05 1650EDT


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