These are not the Ravens of the past, and the Raiders are hoping to get a taste of the ‘new look’ Ravens Sunday when they travel to B-More to take them on.
While the Raiders haven’t been playing all that well recently either, they are hoping that an offense that showed up vs the Bucs last week will do the same vs the Ravens.
The Raiders are 3-5, but just 1-3 on the road, and they are playing in a place in B-More that isn’t exactly easy. The Ravens haven’t lost a home game in quite some time.
Good new for the Raiders is that defensively, the Ravens are giving up an average of 386.3 yards to rank 26th in the NFL – uncharacteristic for a historically successful unit – and they’ve lost Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and Lardarius Webb (torn ACL) for the season.
Running the ball may be especially difficult for Oakland, which may be without Darren McFadden and backup Mike Goodson, and they are going to have to lean on Carson Palmer, who had a monster game vs the Bucs last week despite the loss.
Last week Palmer completed 39 of his career-high 61 attempts for 414 yards and four touchdowns. However, he also tossed three interceptions to mark his fourth straight game with at least one.
Look for Taiwan Jones or fullback Marcel Reece will get the bulk of the carries if McFadden and Goodson can’t play.
The Raiders D has to make plays vs Joe Flacco and Ray Rice, as the Ravens offense has shown times of being in a funk, like last week vs Cleveland when they led 14-0, only to trail 15-14 in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders defense is yielding 28.6 points per game to tie for 28th in the league. Their 11 sacks are ahead of only Jacksonville (eight).
Look for the Ravens to do enough, and the Raiders to have some offense with Palmer, but with little to no run game, they don’t stand a chance to getting a win here.
Baltimore 31 Oakland 21