Looking like a man reborn at 37, Ray Lewis could be found everywhere in the opener.
He was in coverage in the 31-point win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, running stride-for-stride with receivers underneath and helping defense a pass from Andy Dalton in the end zone to prevent a touchdown.
Lewis forced a fumble when he sacked Dalton early in the fourth quarter and, and two plays later the Ravens offense scored to lead 41-13.
Lewis finished with a game-high 14 tackles, too.
He was all over the field. He played great, coach John Harbaugh said. Hes moving really well. Hes still physical at the point of attack. Hes a tremendously instinctive football player.
In Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, however, the Ravens will face a dual threat.
Being more disciplined with playing the run, something the Ravens didnt do well vs. the Bengals, is more imperative.
Vick will put pressure on the linebackers if he's able to get outside and force the issue with his feet. They'll have decisions to make to come up or stay back in coverage.
"Ray is a Hall of Famer," Vick said in a conference call Wednesday. "He's one of the best linebackers to ever play the game. I am honored to have the chance to play against him again."
Lewis, cautious to declare himself a new man after just one game, trimmed down in weight because of players like Vick and quick-strike offenses like the Eagles.
I wont make too much about it, Lewis said of playing in the 230s, significantly lighter in weight than in previous years. I like the way I feel right now, the way Im just getting around.