Ravens vs Raiders week 2 preview, prediction, where to watch


Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah (53) prepares to snap across from the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1: Baltimore Ravens @ Oakland Raiders

When: Sunday, 9/20/2015 at 4:05 p.m.

Where: O.Co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Live Stream: NFL.com

Radio: 98 Rock, Westwood One

Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail


TV Crew: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

Preview: A trip out west to the Bay Area is exactly what a fledgling Baltimore Ravens offense needs to get back on track after the Raiders gave up 33 points and 396 yards to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 1.

The Ravens offense had a forgettable debut under new coordinator Marc Trestman against the Broncos, posting a mere 173 yards of total offense with zero touchdowns.  Their leading receiver managed 25 yards, their leading rusher 43 yards, and as a team the Ravens averaged only 3.0 yards per play.

Meanwhile, the defense looked even better than expected.  Against a talented Broncos offense, the Ravens’ D allowed only 219 yards of offense, 3.2 yards per play, 0 touchdowns, and limited the Broncos’ rushing offense to a mere 2.8 yards per carry.

The Raiders, meanwhile, couldn’t have had a much worse home debut on either side of the ball.  After losing starting quarterback Derek Carr to a hand injury, Oakland needed a pair of garbage time touchdowns to avoid getting shut out completely.

They still only managed 246 yards of total offense, averaging 4.0 yards per play.  The Raiders fumbled twice, losing one, and backup quarterback Matt McGloin was sacked twice.

The secondary, meanwhile, couldn’t contain Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who posted a 115.9 rating on 25/34 passing for 269 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.  The Raiders’ front seven also gave up 127 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.

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The Ravens hold an all-time 7-1 advantage over the Raiders, with Oaklands’ only victory coming in 2003 at home.  The last time these two teams met in 2013, the Ravens blew them out at home 55-20.  They have outscored the Raiders by a stout 193-96.

Nothing is a sure bet in the NFL, but the Ravens are the obvious favorites here.  The Raiders came into the season with a lot of promise and they have a lot of young talent on their roster, but last week’s performance proves that they still have a long way to go before they can become a respectable foe.

Betting line: Ravens -6 1/2 -10, Raiders 43u -10

Prediction: Ravens 27, Raiders 13

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