Ravens: 5 things to watch for against Raiders

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1.  Can the Ravens offense rebound from their horrendous opener?

Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws the ball in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Last Sunday, the Ravens’ offense was a complete travesty. Barely moving the ball and scoring no touchdowns, the Ravens were unable to make anything happen. The receivers couldn’t find separation, the line couldn’t protect Flacco, and Flacco turned the ball over twice, including a pick six by Broncos’ CB Aqib Talib.

This week, the Ravens face a much easier opponent (Oakland), where they will have ample opportunities to move the ball consistently. However, if the WRs cannot gain separation, the offense will not be much better.

Without Breshad Perriman, the WR corps lacks explosiveness and straight line speed. If the Ravens want to improve on offense, they have to turn to their TEs more. It also remains to be seen how well the line will be able to protect Flacco.

Even though the Raiders do not feature stars like Von Miller and Demarcus Ware on the edge, players like Aldon Smith and youngster Khalil Mack will still be bringing the heat every down. Flacco has proven time and time again that he is awful under pressure, so if the line cannot protect him, expect more mistakes.

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