Week 1: Ravens 16, Steelers 0
Pittsburgh – Three Rivers Stadium
The Ravens opened the 2000 season with a dominant defensive performance in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Ravens stifled a Steelers offense that failed to record a first down until the second quarter and couldn't cross the 50-yard line until the third. Led by defensive tackle Sam Adams and defensive end Rob Burnett, the Ravens held running back Jerome Bettis to 8 yards on nine carries.
Burnett pushed the Ravens to their first points of the game when he sacked Kent Graham in the first quarter, forcing a fumble that gave the visitors the ball in the redzone. Matt Stover kicked his first of three field goals four plays later. Quarterback Tony Banks then connected on a 53-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Qadry Ismail. Banks completed 18 of 32 passes for 199 yards, and running back Priest Holmes gained 119 yards on 27 carries.
"Everything we do got started here," defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis said.
Player of the Game: WR Qadry Ismail – seven receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown
Week 2: Ravens 39, Jaguars 36
Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe caught a touchdown pass in the final minute that sent the Ravens to their first win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The victory gave the Ravens sole possession of first place in the AFC Central two weeks into the season.
Sharpe's 29-yard touchdown reception completed a 75-yard scoring drive during a rugged comeback in which the Ravens erased a 17-point first-half deficit, took a 32-26 lead in the fourth quarter and fell behind in the final two minutes.
Quarterback Tony Banks threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completing 23 of 40 attempts for 262 yards.
"It's like we won the Super Bowl," Banks said.
Wide receiver Travis Taylor had two touchdown receptions, while wide receiver Jermaine Lewis and fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo each had one.
The Ravens' defense yielded 386 passing yards to Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, but defensive backs Corey Harris and Kim Herring each had an interception.
Player of the Game: QB Tony Banks – 23-for-40 for 262 yards and five touchdowns
Week 3: Dolphins 19, Ravens 6
Miami – Pro Player Stadium