The Oakland Raiders dropped to 3-6 on the season after an embarrassing 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens dominated Oakland in all phases of the game to cruise to the win. The 55 points allowed by the Raiders ties the most given up in franchise history and is the most points scored in the NFL this season. Oakland continues to beat themselves with penalties, amassing 10-105 yards in Baltimore.
On the Raiders first possession of the game in Ravens territory, they went for it on fourth and one. Quarterback Carson Palmer dropped back but was stepped on by Mike Brisiel resulting in a turnover on downs. It never got any better for Oakland as Joe Flacco torched the secondary for 341 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Countless times the Raiders were victimized in the middle of the field by Raven tight ends. Flacco continuously threw to Michael Huff's side of the field and connected on several deep balls including two to Torrey Smith for touchdowns of 20 and 47 yards. There was miscommunication between Huff and safety Matt Giordano that resulted in touchdowns or big plays.
The Oakland defensive line was unable to pressure Flacco and he had time to survey the field to find big chunks of yardage. Five different Ravens' receivers caught passes of 25 yards or more. The defense allowed 419 yards of total offense and even when the Raiders offense pulled the game closer, the Ravens responded with an easy touchdown. After Palmer connected with Darrius Heyward-Bey on a 55 yard touchdown to close the gap to 20-10 late in the second quarter, the Ravens drove the length of the field in 1:13 capped off by a draw to Ray Rice for a seven yard untouched touchdown. Rice finished with 35 yards on 13 carries and the score.
The Oakland offense had their struggles, but continue to throw the ball all over the field. Palmer was forced to carry the offense again with running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with high ankle sprains. Palmer was effective completing 29-45 for 368 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The interception came when Paul Kruger deflected a ball at the line of scrimmage and made the interception. Balls being batted at the line were a reoccurring theme as Palmer had eight passes deflected by pass rushers. Some of Palmer's yards were when the Ravens had a big lead, but he continues to throw the ball well and push the ball down the field. His two touchdown passes were from 55 yards to Heyward-Bey and 30 yards to Denarius Moore.
Marcel Reece started at running back with McFadden and Goodson out. A combination of ineptitude by the running game and being down early, forced the Raiders to abandon the run. As a team, they rushed for 72 yards on 24 carries. Reece led the team with 48 yards on 13 carries, but caught seven passes for 56 yards. Moore led the team with four catches for 90 yards followed by Heyward-Bey with five for 82 yards.
Special teams play continues to hurt Oakland. Trailing 34-17, the Raiders defense forced a three and out, but Phillip Adams muffed the punt and Baltimore recovered. On the next play Flacco went to Smith for the 20 yard touchdown. Instead of having an opportunity to make it a two score game, the muffed punt ended the Raiders chances of a comeback. Baltimore also ran a fake field goal late in the third quarter leading 41-17. Holder Sam Koch took the snap and ran straight into the endzone, showing how little the Ravens respected the Raiders in the blowout.
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