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The Baltimore Ravens concluded the 2000 NFL season with a 12-4 record, good for second place in the AFC central, and earning them a spot in the playoffs as a wild card entrant. The Ravens won three straight games in the AFC playoffs, culminating in a trip to Tampamarker for the Super Bowl, where they defeated the New York Giants, 34-7, to win their first championship.


The Ravens spent most of the off-season concerned with the status of their star linebacker Ray Lewis, who along with two other acquaintances, was arrested and charged with murder after an incident outside of an Atlanta nightclub on January 31, 2000. On June 5, a plea bargain was struck, and murder and aggravated assault charges were dropped in exchange for testimony against his companions. Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and was sentenced to a year of probation.

Season summary

The Ravens started the season with a 5-1 start, with three of their victories coming by shutout. Despite the great play of the defense, the offense hit a major swoon after the first month of the season. Following a 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens would not score a touchdown for five consecutive games. The Ravens won the first two of these games thanks to their defense, but lost the next three, including a critical division loss at home to the Titans. During this game, quarterback Tony Banks was benched in favor of Trent Dilfer, who would take over for the rest of the season. After a loss at home to Pittsburgh, the Ravens broke both their touchdown-less streak and losing streak against the Bengals the next week. It would be the first of seven straight wins to end the season.

The Ravens finished one game behind the Tennessee Titans in the AFC central, so the Ravens had to begin their playoff run at home in the wild card round against the Broncos. The team cruised to a 21-3 victory, setting up a date with the Titans the following week in Nashvillemarker. The Ravens prevailed 24-10, thanks to linebacker Ray Lewis' 50 yard interception return for a touchdown that put the game away. The team then traveled to Oaklandmarker to meet the Raiders for the right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, and the Ravens advanced to their first, 16-3, as the defense held Oakland, the league's top rushing offense during the season, to just 24 yards rushing. The Ravens easily defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7, as Ray Lewis led another dominant performance by the defense and was named most valuable player of the game for his efforts.

The Ravens relied heavily on their defense, which set several records during the 2000 season, including fewest points allowed during a 16-game season (165) and fewest rushing yards allowed (970). The defense finished the season number one overall in points allowed, and Ray Lewis was named defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Starting cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Duane Starks combined to intercept ten passes, and defensive end Rob Burnett contributed with 10.5 sacks. The defense is thought of as one of the greatest ever. Offensively, the Ravens relied heavily on the running game. Rookie running back Jamal Lewis led the way with 1364 yards and veteran Priest Holmes added 588 yards. The passing game was rather pedestrian (23rd in yards passing), but Trent Dilfer brought stability to the position when he took over for Tony Banks mid-season. Tight end Shannon Sharpe, acquired as an unrestricted free agent from Denver during the offseason, was the team's leading pass receiver with 67 catches for 810 yards. Punt returner Jermaine Lewis scored two touchdowns on punt returns during the season, and ran back a kickoff in the Super Bowl, while placekicker Matt Stover made 35 field goals on 39 attempts.

2000 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 5 Jamal Lewis Running Back Tennesseemarker
1 10 Travis Taylor Wide Receiver Floridamarker
3 75 Chris Redman Quarterback Louisvillemarker
5 148 Richard Mercier Offensive Guard Miami marker
6 186 Adalius Thomas Linebacker Southern Mississippimarker
6 191 Cedric Woodard Defensive Tackle Texasmarker


Baltimore Ravens 2000 final roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

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Defensive Linemen

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Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL Recap
1 September 3, 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers W 16-0 1-0-0 Three Rivers Stadiummarker [490012] CBS 1:00pm
2 September 10, 2000 Jacksonville Jaguars W 39-36 2-0-0 PSINet Stadiummarker [490013] CBS 1:00pm
3 September 17, 2000 Miami Dolphins L 6-19 2-1-0 Pro Player Stadiummarker [490014] ESPN 8:30pm
4 September 24, 2000 Cincinnati Bengals W 37-0 3-1-0 PSINet Stadium [490015] CBS 1:00pm
5 October 1, 2000 Cleveland Browns W 12-0 4-1-0 Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker [490016] CBS 1:00pm
6 October 8, 2000 Jacksonville Jaguars W 15-10 5-1-0 ALLTEL Stadiummarker [490017] ESPN 8:30pm
7 October 15, 2000 Washington Redskins L 3-10 5-2-0 FedEx Fieldmarker [490018] CBS 1:00pm
8 October 22, 2000 Tennessee Titans L 6-14 5-3-0 PSINet Stadium [490019] CBS 1:00pm
9 October 29, 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers L 6-9 5-4-0 PSINet Stadium [490020] CBS 1:00pm
10 November 5, 2000 Cincinnati Bengals W 27-7 6-4-0 Paul Brown Stadiummarker [490021] CBS 1:00pm
11 November 12, 2000 Tennessee Titans W 24-23 7-4-0 Adelphia Coliseummarker [490022] CBS 1:00pm
12 November 19, 2000 Dallas Cowboys W 27-0 8-4-0 PSINet Stadium [490023] FOX 4:15pm
13 November 26, 2000 Cleveland Browns W 44-7 9-4-0 PSINet Stadium [490024] CBS 1:00pm
15 December 10, 2000 San Diego Chargers W 24-3 10-4-0 PSINet Stadium [490025] CBS 1:00pm
16 December 17, 2000 Arizona Cardinals W 13-7 11-4-0 Sun Devil Stadiummarker [490026] CBS 4:15pm
17 December 24, 2000 New York Jets W 34-20 12-4-0 PSINet Stadium [490027] CBS 1:00pm


AFC Central
(1) Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 346 191
(4) Baltimore Ravens 12 4 0 .750 333 165
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 321 255
Jacksonville Jaguars 7 9 0 .438 367 327
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 185 359
Cleveland Browns 3 13 0 .188 161 419


Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL Recap TV Time
1 December 31, 2000 Denver Broncos W 21-3 PSINet Stadiummarker [490028] CBS 12:30pm
2 January 7, 2001 at Tennessee Titans W 24-10 Adelphia Coliseummarker [490029] CBS 12:30pm
3 January 14, 2001 at Oakland Raiders W 16-3 Network Associates Coliseummarker [490030] CBS 4:00pm
4 January 28, 2001 New York Giants W 34-7 Raymond James Stadiummarker [490031] CBS 6:30pm


Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. Four players represented the Ravens in the Pro Bowl: Lewis joined defensive tackle Sam Adams, safety Rod Woodson, and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden. Kicker Matt Stover joined Lewis and Ogden on the associated press' All-Pro first team. Defensive end Rob Burnett joined Adams and Woodson on the AP All-Pro second team.

  • Sam Adams, AFC Pro Bowl Selection,
  • Brian Billick, USA Today AFC Coach of the Year,
  • Trent Dilfer, Football Digest Comeback Player of the Year,
  • Jamal Lewis, USA Today Offensive Rookie of the Year,
  • Marvin Lewis, Football Digest Assistant Coach of the Year,
  • Marvin Lewis, Pro Football Writers Association Assistant Coach of the Year,
  • Marvin Lewis, USA Today AFC Assistant Coach of the Year,
  • Ray Lewis, Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year,
  • Ray Lewis, Football Digest Defensive Player of the Year,
  • Ray Lewis, Pro Football Writers Association Defensive Most Valuable Player,
  • Jonathan Ogden, AFC Pro Bowl Selection,
  • Matt Stover, Golden Toe Award
  • Rod Woodson, AFC Pro Bowl Selection,


  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 201
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