Opponent: vs. Baltimore
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Line: Ravens by 6
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Records: Raiders 0-1, Ravens 0-1
TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots), 1140
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Offensive offense: The Ravens gained just 173 total yards and averaged an anemic three yards per play in their 19-13 loss in Denver. Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked twice and the offense didn’t score a touchdown. Part of the problem was an inability to stretch the field. Flacco didn’t have one throw more than 20 yards downfield. “We need to take our shots,” Flacco said. “If nothing else, at least let teams know that we’re going to do that and have the confidence in ourselves in doing that.”
Rush job: The addition of Aldon Smith to a team with Khalil Mack was supposed to bolster Oakland’s pass rush after a franchise-low 22 sacks last season. Instead, the Raiders generated little pressure and no sacks in the opener. Even though the four-man line was unable to get to the quarterback, the coaches did not send extra rushers. The Raiders were the only team in the league that failed to rush at least five players on a play, according to STATS. But Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said blitzes could be in the plan this week. “I’m not averse,” he said. “Last week played out the way last week played out. I wouldn’t draw too many conclusions based on that small sample.”
Dominating defense: As bad as Baltimore was offensively, the defense was top-notch. The Ravens sacked Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning four times and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown. Jimmy Smith even scored a defensive touchdown when he returned an interception 24 yards.
Suspect safeties: The Raiders could be without both starting safeties. Nate Allen will be sidelined for significant time after leaving last week’s game with a knee injury. Charles Woodson hurt his shoulder in the opener and also could be sidelined. That could force Oakland to start Larry Asante and recently signed Taylor Mays. Asante has just two career starts since entering the league in 2010, and Mays has started four games the past four years.
Babin’s boost: With outsider linebacker Terrell Suggs out for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon, the Ravens signed Jason Babin to bolster their pass rush. Babin, who spent training camp with the New York Jets, has 64 1/2 career sacks in 146 games.
Out: DT Justin Ellis (ankle), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), FB Jamize Olawale (ankle)
Questionable: S Charles Woodson (shoulder)
Probable: QB Derek Carr (right hand)
Out: T Eugene Monroe (concussion), WR Breshad Perriman (knee)
Questionable: CB Rashaan Melvin (thigh), WR Darren Waller (ankle)
Probable: DL Chris Canty (not injury related), RB Justin Forsett (shoulder), DT Timmy Jernigan (knee), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee)
Bee Sports staff, The Associated Press
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