Raiders at Ravens walkthrough

This is the fourth meeting between the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens lead series 2-1. Raiders won the last meeting 20-12 on Dec. 14, 2003. The Ravens also beat Raiders in AFC Championship Game, 16-3, on Jan. 14, 2001.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 09/17/06
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: CBS, Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker
2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (21st rush, 32nd pass); defense 16th (31st rush, 4th pass). Ravens: offense 20th (14th rush, 20th pass); defense 2nd (1st rush, 5th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME:

Coming off a nine-sack game against San Diego and with LT Robert Gallery's status uncertain, look for the Raiders to limit their five and seven-step drops and incorporate more short and medium-range passes. Baltimore will see if it can pressure Raiders QB Aaron Brooks with just the front four, then sit back and choke off the vertical passing game.

Oakland's best weapon against the pass rush is RB LaMont Jordan. Look for him to get on track early and put the Raiders in manageable third-down situations.

Baltimore will rely heavily on RB Jamal Lewis in its own attempt to control the clock. If the Ravens can build a lead, they know the Raiders' run defense can be worn down after watching San Diego rack up 194 rushing yards Monday.

FAST FACTS: Raiders: Will travel an NFL-high 30,702 air miles this season. Ravens: K Matt Stover needs one field goal to tie his career high of converting 23 consecutive attempts. ... LB Ray Lewis has averaged 12.6 tackles in 10 home openers.

PERSONNEL NEWS:

Raiders:

--LT Robert Gallery was listed as questionable on the injury report, but coach Art Shell said Gallery would miss two to three weeks with a partially torn calf muscle. Chad Slaughter will start at left tackle.

--PR Chris Carr did not practice with a calf injury and is listed as questionable. Carr said he thinks he is about 90 percent and expects to play. Shell said the decision would go to up to kickoff.

--CB Nnamdi Asomugha did not practice with a foot sprain and is listed as questionable. Tyrone Poole backs up Asomugha. --CB Stanford Routt, who had two tackles as a gunner on the kickoff and punt teams in the opener, will play cornerback in the nickel if Asomugha can't play, with Poole moving into the slot.

--LB Sam Williams was listed as probable with an ankle injury, but he missed practice for the second straight day and Shell seemed to indicate he might not play. He said either Robert Thomas or Grant Irons would start if Williams can't play.

--QB Andrew Walter saw the first game action of his NFL career against San Diego, completing 2 of 5 passes for 28 yards.

Ravens:

--LB Gary Stills injured his hand early in practice and is listed as questionable. He returned to practice and is expected to play.

--WR Demetrius Williams was added to the injury report Thursday with a knee injury. If he can't play, the Ravens' third receiver would be Devard Darling.

--RB Jamal Lewis has posted his highest yards per carry average (4.8) in September than any other month of the season.

--TE Daniel Wilcox missed the first part of practice with a back injury. He said he expects to play Sunday.

--FS Ed Reed is still questionable with a thigh injury and was limited in practice. He wore a sleeve on his right leg but still expects to start.


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