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September 20, 2015 – Raiders – Recap

The Ravens are 0 – 2 and there isn’t any way to sugar coat this one – they got beat by a pretty bad team which has to make you shutter a bit.  It isn’t time to hit the panic button yet, but it might not be a bad idea to make sure that you are in arm’s length  of it.  This was a disappointing loss on many levels.  When you score 33 points on the road you should win that game. I am putting this one on the defense as they could not do anything to stop Carr and the Oakland offense.  I am guessing that most people had this game as one of the 2 or 3 road wins that the Ravens win.  Not sure how much difference Suggs would have made in this game but it does make you wonder. Playing as they are the Ravens will have a difficult time beating their rivals in the AFC North.  Other random thoughts on the game


  • 10 penalties for 109 yards is bad news – Jernigan’s late hit on Carr was stupid and Kelechi had a few penalties on his own
  • Ravens tackling was awful! Too much arm tackling, outright whiffs, and bad angles on pursuit
  • Jimmy getting burned by Amari in the opening minutes set the tone for the day
  • Oakland was 9 of 14 on third down, you would have thought you were playing the Patriots
  • Crocket looked great in the open field and was one of the bright spots for the offense
  • Albert McClellan didn’t set the edge and gave up a QB sweep for 24 yards – Do your job Albert!
  • Except for the fumble on the first play of offense – Aiken looked ok today
  • To me CJ and Daryl had a really bad day controlling the middle of the field and could not pass defend
  • Webby when he is bad he is really bad – don’t be surprised if Melvin replaces him if this subpar play continues
  • The offensive line was adequate today but I would not describe them as dominant  – they don’t get any push in the run game
  • Lorenzo was a nice surprise today and I like how he runs with his pads down – bet we see more carries from him going forward
  • Davis and Williams were very quiet today and did not do muck, surprisingly Guy looked better than them
  • Absolutely no pass rush today (no sacks from front 4) and Pees had no answer or adjustments that worked to put pressure
  • Clock management was suspect at the end of the game and as we all know this is not one of Harbaugh’s strengths
  • Flacco had a strong day with 71 completion % and 384 yards, but he did leave a few plays on the field
  • Dumervil looked old and tired today, and Za’Darius did not look like much of a factor
  • Ravens look to me like they get sloppy in the red zone, they need to get better
  • Secondary as it stands now is likely going to finish in the bottom 10 if something doesn’t change


Game Predictions Game Statistics
Score Ravens 24 Raiders 16 Ravens 33 Raiders 37
Turnovers Plus 2
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 102 Raiders 77 Ravens 109 Raiders 97
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 198 Raiders 181 Ravens 384 Raiders 351



Miscellaneous Predictions

  • Forsett gets 21 carries for 86 yards 15 for 68 yards
  • 89 has 6 receptions for 71 yards and 1 TD 10 receptions for 150
  • Daryl Smith leads the team with 8 tackles Yes, led the team with 7 tackles and one assist
  • Refs make terrible calls Correct, I especially didn’t like the holding call on Hill in the final minute (ticky tacky and he had position)


Possible Monday morning headlines in the Sun Papers

  • Carr wrecks going into the Raven’s D
  • Ravens offense bounces back with road win in road loss


Keys to the Game

  • Win the turn over battle Nope, minus one
  • Run the ball 25+ times & play possession football Yes, 25 carries
  • Get Flacco in rhythm early with 89 Yes, he was the main target all day


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