Raiders at Ravens preview

With the Oakland Raiders being shutout last week by San Diego and the Baltimore Ravens shutting out Tampa Bay, does that spell doom for the Silver and Black this week? Or is this a chance for Oakland to bounce back as they redeem themselves from an embarrassing loss at home.


STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Shell: 0-0 Billick: 1-1
LAST WEEK L 27-0 vs. Chargers W 27-0 at Buccaneers
LAST GAME 12/14/03: Raiders 20 vs. Ravens 12. Raiders Quarterback Rick Mirer passes for 186 yards and 1 TD & Oakland defense limits Baltimore to 4 FGs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/8/98: Ravens 13 vs. Raiders 10. Ravens K Matt Stover connects on 30-yard FG in 4th quarter as Baltimore wins 1st November game in franchise history.
BROADCAST CornerbackS (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker


PASSING Brooks: 6-14-68-0-0-58.0 McNair: 17-27-181-1-0-94.8
RUSHING Fargas: 5-35-7.0-0 J. Lewis: 18-78-4.3-1
RECEIVING Moss: 4-47-11.8-0 Heap (TE): 5-46-9.2-0
OFFENSE 129.0 271.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3 (1C)
DEFENSE 302.0 142.0 (2L)
SACKS 0 Scott: 2.0 (T2C)
INTs 0 Three tied: 1
PUNTING Lechler: 46.7 Koch: 47.0 (2C)
KICKING 0 Stover: 9 (T3C) (3/3 PAT; 2/2 FG)

Ravens' head coach Brian Billick is 3-1 vs. Oakland, including the preseason. Raiders' head coach Art Shell faces Baltimore for the first time.


They face Ravens for 4th time in regular season.

In one career start vs. Baltimore (12/8/02 with/NO) quarterback Aaron Brooke threw for 123 yards and one touchdown in 37-25 road victory.

Running back LaMont Jordan led NFL running backs with 70 catches in '05 and became the eighth Raider in history to rush for 1,000 yards (1,025). Jordan hails from Suitland, Maryland and is the University of Maryland's all-time leading rusher (4,147 yards).

Wide receiver Randy Moss played for Ravens' Billick (then offensive coordinator) in Minnesota as rookie (1998). Tight end Courtney Anderson has caught all four career touchdown receptions on the road.

When Defensive tackle Warren Sapp records 1.0+ sacks, his teams are 39-20 (.661).

Punter Shane Lechler kicked an NFL-best four punts inside 20 last week.


The club aims for 80th win in franchise history. Under head coach Brian Billick, his team is 50-6 (.893) when leading entering fourth quarter.

Quarterback Steve McNair will make his first home start as a Raven. In six starts vs. Oakland, McNair is 4-2, averaging 228.3 passing yards/game.

In one career game vs. Oakland, running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries (5.2 avg.) with four rushes of 10+ yards. As a Bronco, Running back Mike Anderson faced Oakland nine times and rushed for 447 yards, including a 187-yd performance in a 33-24 win at Oak on 9/17/00. Anderson has 12 carries of 10+ yards vs. Raiders – his most vs. any one team.

In the past three meetings, wide receiver Derrick Mason is averaging 106.3 reciving yards per game vs. the Raiders.

The defense posted its eighth shutout since 1999 last week. The club held Tampa Bay to 141 yards, registering three sacks and three interceptions. Since 1999, the defense is allowing a September average of 82.6 rush yards per game – best in NFL. Since '03, club leads NFL in defensive touchdowns (15).

Cornerback Chris McAlister notched a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown last week. Linebacker Ray Lewis posted a team-high 7 solo tackles, one sack and three passes defensed in week one.

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