The Oakland Raiders head out back on the road looking to build on a strong 17-to-10 victory in Tennessee over the Titans, this week taking on the Baltimore Ravens.
This is the second year in a row the Raiders have played the Ravens as the Silver & Black hosted Baltimore in week two last year, winning the game 37-33. But now the Raiders have to head into Baltimore, taking on an undefeated Ravens team in the first game this year in the eastern time zone for the Raiders.
Jack Del Rio's defense is coming off of a strong performance where they forced three turnovers while holding the Titans to just 10 points. Granted, they'll be going up a tougher offense this week led by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco who is entering his ninth season in the NFL.
Baltimore has found much success due to the consistent play of its quarterback this year, who was just one completion away from tying the NFL record for consecutive completions in a game (22) against the Jaguars last week.
Flacco enjoys spreading the ball around, though free agent signing wide receiver Mike Wallace has hauled in all three of the Ravens receiving touchdowns. Wallace is still a speedy wide receiver that can be a difficult matchup, and the Raiders safeties will have to make sure he doesn't get behind them. Steve Smith Sr. is still a weapon for the Ravens, and has recorded 16 receptions for 170 yards in three games played.
While the Ravens passing game may pose more of a struggle, their rushing attack has struggled for much of the season, averaging just 82.3 yards per game, ranking 26th in the league. Cal alum Justin Forsett leads the attack, though he has just 31 carries on the year for 98 yards.
The Raiders offense continued to find success on the ground last week, adding another 123 rushing yards. Running back Latavius Murray and the running back stable are now averaging 148.2 rushing yards a game, good enough for second in the league. It should be a good battle up front as the Ravens have been stout against the run, allowing just 86.0 yards per game.
While the Ravens are strong against the run, they've been even better against the pass -- allowing just 168.3 yards per game, third best in the NFL. Second-year wide receiver Amari Cooper found success against the Ravens last year, recording his first NFL touchdown while hauling in seven total receptions for 109 yards and the one touchdown.
Baltimore's defense has found success forcing interceptions from the opposing offenses, who have thrown five already --linebacker C.J. Mosley has two of them. The team has also had success getting tot he quarterback, and the Raiders stout offensive line will have to block OLB Terrell Suggs and DT Timmy Jernigan who both lead the team with three sacks.
The Raiders will return home for a two-week home stand starting next week against the San Diego Chargers.null