Ravens grades vs. Raiders, week 2

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Sep 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) gestures against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

What’s that sound that you hear?  The last bit of air escaping from the deflated Baltimore Ravens bandwagon for 2015, perhaps?  We would forgive you for being at least a little bit frustrated with a franchise that hasn’t posted an 0-2 start to a season since 2005.

Week 2 was, quite literally, a crazy week full of surprises around the NFL.  Perhaps the most shocking development was the Ravens last minute loss to the Oakland Raiders, a game that should have proven to be an easy pick ’em league win.  At least that’s what I told my wife (ouch).

But alas, the Ravens and millions of pick ’em players worldwide lost in the Black Hole, a place that hasn’t intimidated visiting teams in decades.  In a Twilight Zone kind of game where the defense couldn’t contain Derek Carr and his supposedly feeble offense.

But hey, at least the Ravens showed a little gusto on the offensive side of things.  They hung 33 points on the Raiders, just like we expected, but they also allowed 37.  Now all the Ravens need to do is figure out how to make both sides of the ball click in the same game.

As we do each week, we’re going to hand out report card grades for every major component of the Ravens’ performance on the field.  We’ll get started with the suddenly resurgent offense.

Next: Offense

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