Raiders vs. Ravens: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

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Raiders vs. Ravens: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More
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The Baltimore Ravens (6-2) will play host to the Oakland Raiders (3-5) this Sunday in an AFC matchup between two teams that need a win to gain some momentum.

The Ravens are sitting atop the AFC North after a 25-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns last week, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are only trailing by one game in the division standings, which certainly puts Baltimore in a stressful position.

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Since the Steelers are playing the abysmal Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they'll likely secure a win, which makes this a must-win for Baltimore if they wish to remain the sole owners of the division.

The Raiders have been a disappointment in 2012, but after winning two of their last three they are suddenly only two games behind the first-place Broncos and still very much alive in a conference that has struggled to produce clear wild-card favorites.

The Ravens are the obvious favorites, but don't count out an Oakland team that has found its groove in recent weeks.

 

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

When: 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS, DirecTV 707, NFL Sunday Ticket (Live Stream)

Listen: Sirius 139

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Spread: Baltimore -9 (Bovada)

It's no surprise that Baltimore—the second-best AFC team record wise—is viewed as a healthy favorite over the Raiders, who have struggled to show consistency this season.

But looking over Baltimore's season, it appears the nine-point favoritism may be slightly overconfident.

Only two of Baltimore's seven victories have been by 10 or more points. Even poor teams such as Kansas City and Cleveland were able to limit Baltimore to a one-score margin of victory.

It would be shocking if Baltimore doesn't come out on top, but it might be tighter than people think.

 

Over/Under: 46 (Odds Shark)

The over/under would accurately reflect this game had it been earlier in the season, but Oakland has found some comfort on offense as of late. 

In the last three games, Oakland is averaging 27 points per game, while Baltimore has averaged 33 points per game throughout the 2012 season. 

Baltimore's defense is not as dominate as we've seen in the past and Oakland is improving on offense, making the "over" an attractive option. 

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Baltimore Ravens Injury Report (NFL.com)

Ed Reed S -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Marshal Yanda G -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Pernell McPhee DE -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Bobbie Williams G -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Morgan Cox LS -- Full Participation in Practice
Josh Bynes LB -- Limited Participation in Practice
Jimmy Smith CB -- Limited Participation in Practice
Terrell Suggs LB -- Full Participation in Practice
Sean Considine S -- Full Participation in Practice
Dannell Ellerbe LB -- Full Participation in Practice
Michael Oher T -- Limited Participation in Practice
Haloti Ngata DT -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Jacoby Jones WR -- Limited Participation in Practice
Bernard Pollard S -- Full Participation in Practice
Ma'ake Kemoeatu DT -- Full Participation in Practice



Oakland Raiders Injury Report (NFL.com)

Miles Burris LB -- Full Participation in Practice
Marcel Reece RB -- Full Participation in Practice
Brandon Myers TE -- Limited Participation in Practice
Darren McFadden RB -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Keenan Clayton LB -- Full Participation in Practice
Dave Tollefson DE -- Full Participation in Practice
Shawntae Spencer CB -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Michael Mitchell S -- Full Participation in Practice
Coye Francies CB -- Full Participation in Practice
Sebastian Janikowski K -- Limited Participation in Practice
Matt Shaughnessy DE -- Full Participation in Practice
Willie Smith T -- Full Participation in Practice
Desmond Bryant DT -- Full Participation in Practice
Richard Seymour DT -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Mike Goodson RB -- Did Not Participate In Practice
Matt Giordano S -- Limited Participation in Practice
Khalif Barnes T -- Limited Participation in Practice



Fantasy Outlook

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QB Carson Palmer (Oakland Raiders)

Carson Palmer is not an ideal fantasy starter for anyone, but he's a very solid option if your regular quarterback is on a bye week. 

Palmer—despite his three interceptions—produced 414 passing yards and four touchdowns a week ago, while he has over 200 yards and at least one touchdown in each of his last four starts. 

If you have a need at quarterback this particular week, give Palmer a look. 

 

QB Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens)

After an impressive start to the season, Joe Flacco has been held under 200 yards three times in the last four games and hasn't had multiple touchdown passes in a game since Week 3. 

Flacco will break out of the slump eventually, and it could very well happen against an Oakland defense that ranks 21st in pass defense (245.2 yards per game). 

It's a gamble considering his recent performances, but Flacco could be a solid option if you're needing help at quarterback this week. 

 

WR Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens)

Torrey Smith had a hot start to the season with 332 yards and three touchdowns in the first four games, but he has been held under 50 yards in each of the last four games. 

Smith is the new go-to guy in the Baltimore aerial attack, so he won't be contained forever. Keep the faith and stick with Smith for now. 

 

WR Denarius Moore (Oakland Raiders)

Denarius Moore has come to life in recent weeks, including a 104-yard performance against Atlanta and a 96-yard performance against Kansas City. 

Along with the increased yardage, Moore has three touchdowns in the last four games. 

If Moore is on your roster, he is certainly developing into a must-start type of player. Don't miss out on that potential. 

 

What They're Saying

Jerry McDonald—Oakland Raiders beat writer for the Oakland Tribune—pointed out on Twitter that the Raiders' top two running backs are banged up. 

If Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both held out with high ankle sprains, it will drastically limit the Oakland run game and turn them into a one-dimensional team. 

As for the Ravens, the team's official Twitter account relayed the words on John Harbaugh, who suggested the tight ends could see an increased role. 

It will be interesting to see how Ravens TE Dennis Pitta fits into the game plan, and this is something for fantasy owners to keep an eye on as well. 

 

Key Matchup: Carson Palmer vs. Baltimore Secondary

With both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson suffering from injuries, the Oakland Raiders are dangerously thin at running back and will need to rely on the pass. 

With this being the case, there will be a lot of pressure on Carson Palmer, who will need to be the focal point of the offense this Sunday.

Baltimore has a secondary that ranks merely 22nd in the NFL (246.8 yards per game) and will have to step up against an Oakland offense that's guaranteed to go airborne. 

Needless to say, this will be a key matchup on Sunday. 

 

Prediction

Oakland has been a much better team in recent weeks, but it's hard to go against Baltimore. 

The Ravens own the second-best record in the AFC and are clearly an early favorite to make a deep run in the playoffs.

With Baltimore's home-field advantage and Oakland's one-dimensional offense, it would be shocking if the Raiders came out on top. 

 

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