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Cam Cameron has installed some Troy trickery in his offense just in time for Halloween. Watch out for the - wait for it - Two Quarterback Offense.

The Ravens start a stretch of three straight road games when they travel to the Cleveland Browns.

It'll be interesting to see if they bring their new offensive wrinkle along.

In their 29-10 win over the Oakland Raiders, the Ravens unveiled their two-quarterback formation in which Joe Flacco and Troy Smith are on the field at the same time.

It's called "The Suggs Package" -- coach John Harbaugh's name for the scheme that jokingly refers to Terrell Suggs' assertion that Smith should be the starting quarterback.

Using it five times (four runs and one pass), the Ravens gained 65 yards. Many of the players believe this is only the start of some unpredictability under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

"We haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg yet," Smith said. "We've got a glass ceiling on top of this team, so we can do nothing but get better."

There were a couple of times when Smith simply handed the ball off to running backs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee.

But Smith ran the option once and even connected with Flacco on an unusual play.

After taking the shotgun snap, Flacco flipped the ball to Smith and rolled out left where he got behind Raiders linebacker Ricky Brown. He then extended to make the third catch by a Ravens quarterback (but the only one for positive yardage).

"I trusted myself that if they threw it, I would catch it," said Flacco, who hadn't caught a pass since he was a senior in high school. "I was hoping I would catch it. I didn't want to make a fool of myself."

His only regret was failing to reach the end zone.

Because he leaned forward to reach for the ball, he lost his balance and eventually fell at the Oakland 6-yard line. The Ravens settled for a Matt Stover 30-yard field goal to go ahead, 22-3.

"Said Flacco, "My feet were just getting dragged by the rest of my body. They were trying to keep up but they couldn't."

The Ravens offense has been jumpstarted the past two weeks, gaining more than 350 total yards in consecutive weeks for the first time this season. Against Miami and Oakland, the Ravens have had six scoring drives over 60 yards.

Flacco won't put a limit on how much further Cameron's creativity will go.

"Cam comes up with all kinds of stuff," Flacco said. "I don't know what he's going to come up with. But we're growing as an offense. Who knows what we'll see?"

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Joe is really taking control of this offense." -- Ravens LB Ray Lewis, on QB Joe Flacco, who is coming off a game in which he threw a 70-yard touchdown, caught a 43-yard pass and ran for a 12-yard score.

UNDER THE RADAR: Ray Rice. The Ravens' third-string running back is becoming a bigger part of the offensive game plan. Last Sunday, he led the Ravens in rushing and receiving. The second-round pick out of Rutgers gained 64 yards rushing on eight carries and caught three passes for 37 yards.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--RB Willis McGahee scored a touchdown in consecutive games. He had a team-high 23 carries but only averaged 2.5 yards a carry. His longest run was eight yards.

--WR Derrick Mason had his worst game of the season but he was not at full strength. He was limited throughout the week because of an illness, which is the main reason why he caught a season-low one pass for 3 yards.

--CB Chris McAlister was deactivated for the first time this season. The Ravens said it was a knee injury, but McAlister didn't react well after being benched the previous game. It's unknown when he will return to the starting lineup.

--LB Brendon Ayanbadejo sprained his ankle in the first half and did not return. He'll likely play Sunday because he has yet to miss a game in his NFL career.

--WR Demetrius Williams scored a 70-yard touchdown on his only catch of the game. Williams is not at full strength and didn't practice at all last week because of an ankle injury.


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