Breakdown: Oakland Raiders

With the Ravens’ most important game of the year on Sunday against Oakland, we’ll look at the Raiders’ ranks in the NFL, and compare them to the Ravens.

Record: Oakland: 5-10 (4-7 AFC)  Baltimore: 8-7 (6-5 AFC)
Total Offense:
Oakland: 31st (262.2 YPG)  Baltimore: 15th (352.6 YPG)
Scoring Offense: Oakland: 31st (12.3 PPG)  Baltimore: 9th (24.7 PPG)
Total Defense: Oakland: 27th (364.1 YPG)   Baltimore: 3rd (298.9 YPG)
Scoring Defense: Oakland: 23rd (23.9 PPG)  Baltimore: 2nd (16.5 PPG)
Passing Offense: Oakland: 31st (152.2 YPG)  Baltimore: 15th (221.9 YPG)
Passing Defense: Oakland: 15th (214.2 YPG) Baltimore: 6th (202.8 YPG) 
Rushing Offense: Oakland: 18th (110 YPG)  Baltimore: 7th (130.7 YPG)
Rushing Defense:  Oakland: 29th (149.9 YPG)  Baltimore: 6th (96.1 YPG)

If you were keeping score and got the same as I did, the final was Baltimore: 9, Oakland: 0.  Looking at these stats, Oakland is the type of team the Ravens love to play, if the stats hold their merit on Sunday.  They have a weak rushing defense and won’t be a big threat in the air, meaning less pass interference penalties that cost the team a win.  And let’s face it, we’re probably leading the league in those.  The thing that is a bit scary though from these statistics is the record that Oakland has.  5-10 isn’t all that bad when 8-8 can make the playoffs in the AFC this season, and if they’re consistently in the bottom 2 or 3 in major categories, 5 wins shows that they can win games they shouldn’t, and they can surprise teams and beat them.  The Ravens need to recognize that and not take this game for granted as an easy way to get in the playoffs.


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  • Daniel C.

    Being a Raiders fan, I look at this game as a total trap for Baltimore! If they start to think that the Raiders are just going to lay down for them, they’re going to get trounced wondering what happened.

    You have to realize that for more than half the season, our passing offense was run by Jamarcus Russell who drug the numbers into the dirt. The passing offense is average at best because of youth, but you cannot count them out. Guys like Louis Murphy and Chaz Shillens can make a big play in the blink of an eye.

  • Joe Barnes

    I agree that Russell completely killed the team’s chances this year. Since Gradkowski took over, they’ve been dangerous, which I acknowledged. I hate to take a cheap shot here, but being a fan, I feel I must. When your big play threats are a rookie who was the third receiver on his college team and a guy named Chaz, your team might not have many big plays.

    Sorry, I had to. Keep up the good work on D-DDT.

  • Daniel C.

    I don’t disagree with you! They need some veterans on their roster! Being a Raiders fan you have to have thick skin, I’m used to cheap shots by now. I don’t blame you when it’s so very easy! I’ve gotten to a point where I just hope the game is competitive and if the Raiders win it’s a plus! LOL!