Baltimore Ravens win 30-17 against the Oakland Raiders: Ravens Offense bounces back

The Baltimore Ravens snap their 2 game losing streak by beating the Raiders in Oakland 30-17 and are now tied for 1st with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North at 3-2.

Oct 8, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the Oakland Raiders were without their starting quarterback in Derek Carr, it was still an impressive win for the Baltimore Ravens as the offense showed some life in the passing game and Joe Flacco had his best game of the season. Flacco threw for 222 yards and had a 73.1 completion percentage with a 98.6 quarterback rating. He had 19 completions in 26 attempts but snapped his interception streak of 10 games and did not throw one in this game against a Raiders defense that has not had an interception this season. Flacco did not throw any touchdowns or interceptions, but took the deep shots and made the throws needed to keep the chains moving. This is the type of performance Flacco needs every week to have success on offense to complement the run game.

The Ravens passing game looked alive against the Raiders secondary and Flacco made some nice deep shots we have not seen all season in this game.

October 8, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) runs against Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith (21) during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens knew they needed the big plays to sustain offensive success week to week. The past couple weeks, Flacco did not really throw any deep passes over 20 yards but that was enforced in Week 5 against the Raiders weakened secondary. The first play, Flacco threw a dime on the Mike Wallace go route for 54 yards and set the tone early on for the Ravens offense. Wallace had the best game of the season, catching 3 passes for 133 yards as a big play threat and a deep ball option for Flacco. Maclin also got involved with 6 catches for 43 yards, which is an improvement from the last 2 weeks where he only had a total of 4 catches for 29 yards. These 2 receivers will be vital parts in the Ravens passing attack as Breshad Perriman had 1 clutch catch on a 3rd down but has been a big disappointed so far as he only has 4 catches for 26 yards this whole season and has struggled with multiple drops in 16 total targets, according to ESPN.

Javorius Allen and Alex Collins look like the running back duo going forward with Terrance West was hurt early in the game with a calf injury.

Oct 8, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

With only 2 running backs on the roster after Terrance West was ruled out of the game with a calf injury, the Ravens still ran the ball early and often with Allen and Collins leading the way. Javorius Allen still had 4 catches for 12 yards but had 21 carries for 73 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Alex Collins wanted to fix his carrying issue heading into this game, as he fumbled the ball twice in the last 4 games but ran for 55 yards on 12 carries. Depending on the severity of West’s injury, the Ravens could add another running back or elevate John Crockett from the practice squad if the Ravens only have 2 running backs for the Chicago Bears game in week 6.

The Ravens offensive line stymied the Raiders pass rush, as they did not allow a sack on Flacco.

Even though Matt Skura went down was ruled out during the game with a knee injury, rookie Jermaine Eluemenor played well to replace him at left guard and could be the starter moving forward. Ronnie Stanley and Austin Howard did very well against a premier pass rushing duo in Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. Ryan Jensen and James Hurst also creating big holes in the interior against Mario Edwards Jr., Justin Ellis, rookie Eddie Vanderdoes, and the rest of the Raiders defensive lineman. Flacco did get some pressure but not as much as the previous weeks. If the Ravens offensive line can protect him just enough to make the throws and give the running backs some holes, that should be enough to get offensive success week to week.

The Ravens pass rush and blitzes came through against a good Raiders offensive line and confused E.J. Manuel.

Oct 8, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) reacts after recording a sack against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Wormley made his debut as the made Bronson Kaufusi inactive this week as the Ravens defense was without Brandon Williams for another week with Willie Henry replacing him. Carl Davis suffered a hamstring during the game and was ruled out later on as the starter Michael Pierce did not do much against Rodney Hudson. The Ravens run defense was struggling early against Marshawn Lynch and Jalen Richard and gave up 80 rushing yards total on 21 carries. They did stiffen up the run defense later on in the game and used a few safety blitzes on 3rd downs that E.J Manuel did not pick up on that led to 2 sacks by Tony Jefferson and Anthony Levine. Terell Suggs also had a sack against Donald Penn and now has 4 sacks this season. The Ravens had more sacks in this game compared to the last 2 games but is something that has to be more consistent each week with the younger pass rushers.

The Ravens secondary was tested by receivers like Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper but held them in check without Jimmy Smith for most of the game.

October 8, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Eric Weddle (32) congratulates strong safety Tony Jefferson (23) for sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback EJ Manuel (not pictured) during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the Patrick Onwuasor forced fumble, Jimmy Smith took advantage and picked it up for a touchdown but was then sidelined for the rest of the game with a nagging Achilles injury he suffered last week. Rookie Marlon Humphery stepped in and started on the outside as he was tested by veteran Michael Crabtree mostly as he had a few receptions on him. Brandon Carr let up the touchdown to Crabtree as he had 6 catches for 82 yards but Amari Cooper was shut down with only 1 catch for 8 yards. E.J. Manuel did not throw any interceptions and had a decent day, throwing 13/26 for 159 yards and 1 touchdown but the rest of the offense did not really help Manuel and the Ravens defense limited him with the blitzes Dean Pees designed on key downs. The Ravens secondary still is a strength for the Ravens and even though they had one turnover this week, this was a bounce-back week for defense as well from their performance from the last 2 weeks.

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