Final: Ravens 55, Raiders 20

The Raiders went beyond mere defeat Sunday with a loss of historical proportions.

Scoring nearly every way possible, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Raiders 55-20 before 71,339 fans at M&T Bank Stadium, most of whom were enjoying it so much they were still around to see their team score the most points in its history.

On the other end, when Jacoby Jones raced 105 yards with a kickoff return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, it tied the record for the most points ever given up by a Raiders team.

It’s the first real crisis of the Dennis Allen regime, with the Raiders having given up 97 points in back-to-back games.

You have go back to the pre-Al Davis era of 1961, when the Raiders gave up 99 points in their first two games of the season, to find eight quarters of football where they gave up more points.

The Ravens, 7-2, won their 15th straight home game with quarterback Joe Flacco completing 21 of 33 passes for 341 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Flacco also scored on a 1-yard run before giving way to backup Tyrod Taylor with 7:31 remaining.

Flacco threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dennis Pitta and had scoring strikes of 47 and 20 yards to Torrey Smith.

The Raiders, 3-6 and with resurgent New Orleans coming into town with quarterback Drew Brees, were little more than idle bystanders as the Ravens piled it on.

The ultimate indignity came before the Jones kickoff return, when holder Sam Koch ran 7 yards for a touchdown on a fake field goal attempt to make it 48-17.

The last real spark for the Raiders came with 1:37 left in the first half when quarterback Carson Palmer hit Darrius Heyward-Bey with a 55-yard touchdown pass to close within 20-10.

Heyward-Bey bounced off a tackle attempt by future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed and then ran the remaining 35 yards for the score as Oakland scored within the final two minutes of the first half for the ninth straight game.

The Raiders defense, however, gave it right back.

Flacco completed five of six passes for 73 yards and set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice with 24 seconds left and a 27-10 Ravens lead.

Baltimore outscored the Raiders 21-7 in the third quarter _ a period where Oakland has been outscored 109-31 this season.

Palmer had one other touchdown pass, a 30-yard strike to Denarius Moore on the Raiders first series of the second half. He finished 29 of 45 for 368 yards, but also had an interception and a lost fumble.

Rather than play Palmer to the bitter end, as Allen did earlier this season in a one-sided loss to Denver, Matt Leinart came in to play with 5:59 to play.

It was Oakland’s sixth straight defeat in an Eastern time zone and 11th in the last 13 cross-country games.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • mcfadden20.

    lefty12 Says:
    November 11th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Screw Wimbley,he sucks.Why aren’t you complaining about Clemons?He is a much better player.You can’t complain about losing players.People wanted free agency.You got it.


    We could have gotten a few good rushers, with some money to spend?

  • HueKnewButHisEgoGrew

    The D is always gonna have a hard time if they are on the field the whole game.

  • Priesttj12

    Kaepernick is stealing Alex Smith’s job as we speak………………..GET READY!

  • mcfadden20.

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 11th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    well we know burris usnt the answer neither is zone def or a zbs…


    Again troll, i give you ZBS, i don’t know what’s the problem there, but like i said before, you won’t become a good D without putting pressure on QB’s , s(cked last year and we s%ck this year, thanks to Al’s horrible contracts we couldn’t get any pass rushers in FA

  • E Reptile Dysfunction

    It starts with the ZBS. Our offense ca’t keep our D rested enough to be effective. ZBS has crabs, and now it looks as tho it may have the clap too.

  • mcfadden20.

    Priesttj12 Says:
    November 11th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Kaepernick is stealing Alex Smith’s job as we speak………………..GET READY!

    They haven’t scored a single point since he took over lol

    go to a whiners blog

  • lefty12

    Priest,I know in your eyes Al was god and could do no wrong,but he left this team void of talent.The new regime hasn’t done much to improve it,but I’m willing to give them more than 9 games to get it done.It seems you and many others aren’t.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    and another thing how can an old man manipulate the cap but mcheese cant?

  • mcfadden20.

    E Reptile Dysfunction Says:
    November 11th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    It starts with the ZBS. Our offense ca’t keep our D rested enough to be effective. ZBS has crabs, and now it looks as tho it may have the clap too.


    Raiders top was 33-27 Ravens , Again it starts with pass rush first, then we can find couple of good players at RG AND RT and a better play caller

  • tuckrulefool

    2006 > 2012

  • HueKnewButHisEgoGrew

    Al was always able to get any player he wanted cap never stopped him. This bs about horrible contracts is just that bs. Reggie’s just in over his head.

  • mcfadden20.

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 11th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    and another thing how can an old man manipulate the cap but mcheese cant?


    Manipulate what? the D have s8cked since years

  • HueKnewButHisEgoGrew

    Al may not have left us with a perfect team but it was coming up. This team is on the decline.

  • DJ Johnny

    So which is it?

    The talent is so low that Reggie and DA are helpless to put a decent team out there, or is it that Hue was an epic failue cuz he failed to better than 8-8 with such a talented team?

    Which is it?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    55 points! im pretty sure they never sucked as bad as the last two weeks…

  • HueKnewButHisEgoGrew

    97 points in two weeks. No we never sucked this bad.

  • DJ Johnny

    One could say Hue took the worst team in football and made them a contender.

    This is the worst team in football.

    It’s basically the same team as last yr.

  • DJ Johnny

    Trade Palmer to Philly for draft picks and start Pryor.

    Watch Palmer take Philly to playoffs.

  • ChrisinNC

    E Reptile Dysfunction Says:
    November 11th, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    I will still stick to my prediction. Palmer has to much pride and the team will play for each other as team mates in spite of knapp and DA. Players will get together and say ‘fck these dumbass coaches and knapp, lets win it for ouselves and the fans’.

    Oaktown 34
    Norleans 17


    Lol. Doesn’t matter how bad the team looks, how bad we get spanked. Idiots on this blog will still toss up prayers.


  • Violent Hands

    i respect flaco he wasnt really laughing and piss takin like the hc