Ravens vs Raiders: Keys to Victory

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; The Baltimore Ravens players prepare to line up for a play 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

The Baltimore Ravens head into week 2 of the 2015 NFL season with mixed feelings.  After a dominant defensive effort coupled with a disastrous offensive performance that resulted in a close 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos, they will look to right the ship against a hapless Oakland Raiders squad.

Though it’s their second consecutive road game, the Ravens can look to the Bengals performance last week in Oakland as a positive.  Cincinnati dominated the Raiders on their own turf, shutting them out completely on offense until garbage time.

Offensively, the Bengals had a field day against a Raiders secondary that couldn’t stop anybody.  It’s an encouraging sign, and hopefully this game can give the Ravens’ new look offense the spark and confidence it needs to get back on track for the season.

Then again, nothing in the NFL is assured.  The Ravens must prepare for this game like any other, and they have a lot of problems to fix before Sunday afternoon.  Everyone on the offensive side of things must step up, from coaches to players.

Taking that into consideration, we’ve highlighted three things we consider to be the keys to victory for the Ravens in week 2.  We’ll get started with one that is a repeat from last week, and hopefully one that won’t become a recurring theme throughout the season.

Next: Key to victory #1

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