Overall Grade: A
The Ravens capitalized on some big plays and some bad defense, which is a combination that can make any coaching staff look good. The fake field goal was a semi-gutsy call considering the score at the time and field position. Overall, the offensive scheme worked pretty well. It would have been nice to see Ray Rice get more touches; he had 17 overall (catches and rushes) for only 68 yards, but wasn’t needed against a lesser opponent.
With a comfortable lead, the Ravens went for the kill by coming out firing to start the second half. Flacco hit Torrey Smith, absent in the first half, with a couple of quick strikes. Harbaugh then caught the Raiders with their collective pants down with a terrific fake field goal for another touchdown.
It's an unpopular concept in Baltimore, but props to Cam Cameron for calling a balanced and well-timed game in the first half. Mixing up the pass and runs kept the Raiders defense off balance, and eventually broke down what started as a spirited effort from the maligned Oakland run defense. Obviously the Ravens wanted to exploit the advantage they had with Ray Rice and a soft Raiders run defense. Oakland played like a team that has something to prove and limited Rice all day.
The defensive side of the ball will need to be better moving forward. A pedestrian line like the Raiders shouldn't have been able to keep a decent pass rush at bay. A team like Pittsburgh will not only pick apart anyone with the kind of time Carson Palmer had, but it also has the rushing attack to pound the ball in the end zone.