Baltimore Ravens

Raiders vs. Ravens: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 4: Outside linebackers Kaluka Maiava #56 and James-Michael Johnson #50 of the Cleveland Browns tackle running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent INovember 9, 2012

The Baltimore Ravens have been far from dominant in recent weeks, but that could change Sunday when the 3-5 Oakland Raiders come to town.

The Raiders haven't beat Baltimore since 2003, and they are just 1-3 on the road this season. They've also been giving up some ridiculous rushing numbers, allowing Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin to rush for 251 yards and four touchdowns last week.

That's great news for the Ravens, who are looking to kick-start a rushing attack that currently ranks just eighth in the AFC. All-world running back Ray Rice hasn't had the big season many were expecting, but after putting up 98 yards and finding the end zone last week against Cleveland, he looks ready to string together a series of big games.

The Ravens ran 37 times last week, racking up a season-high 137 rushing yards. Look for them to keep it on the ground this week as they try to improve to 7-2.

On the other side of the ball, the Raiders could be without their top two running backs, Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson. Both were injured last week against the Bucs, which forced Carson Palmer to throw the ball 61 times.

If the Raiders rely on Palmer—who has thrown at least one pick in his last four games—to carry them again this week, they will be headed back to Oakland with another loss.

The game kicks of at 1 p.m. local time. Just scroll down for all the essential info about this AFC matchup.

 

When: Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: M&T Bank Stadium - Baltimore, MD

TV: CBS (check local listings)

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

 

Spread Info: Ravens -9 (via Bovada)

Over/Under: 46 1/2 (via Bovada)

 

Injury Report

Ravens - via ESPN (as of Friday, Nov. 9)

Jimmy Smith - CB, Questionable

Ed Reed - S, Questionable

 

Raiders - via ESPN (as of Friday, Nov. 9)

Brandon Myers - TE, Questionable

Marcel Reese - FB, Probable

Mike Goodson - RB, Questionable

Darren McFadden - RB, Questionable

Desmond Bryant - DT, Probable

 

Fantasy Big Plays

Ravens: Ray Rice - RB

Rice is a threat to put up huge numbers every week, and after watching Martin shred Oakland last week, Rice's fantasy owners should be salivating.

Last week the Ravens apparently figured out they should be running the ball more, as Joe Flacco threw just 24 passes, his lowest total of the season. Look for the Ravens to give the ball to Rice early and often as they attempt to expose the Raiders' run D.

Projections: 23 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Raiders: Denarius Moore - WR

Moore has been targeted at least eight times in every game this season, and with the status of McFadden and Goodson in question, he is almost guaranteed to hit that number again.

Moore has gained 66 or more yards in five games this season. Although the Ravens D will be focusing on him, I think he will surpass that number again on Sunday.

Projections: 6 catches for 88 yards and one touchdown.

 

Key to Victory

Baltimore's Play-Calling

The Ravens will be in the driver's seat for this game, but they have to be careful. The Raiders aren't a pushover, and if Baltimore gets too pass-happy, they won't make things easy on themselves.

Baltimore must get the ball to Rice all game long. If they establish the run in the first three quarters, they should be able to coast in the fourth. But if they let Flacco fire away, especially on first and second down, they will be setting themselves up for failure.

 

Prediction

I think John Harbaugh is smart enough to feed Rice. The Ravens will jump out to an early lead by dominating on the ground, and although their defense will give up some big plays, they will do enough to keep Oakland from mounting a serious comeback.

Final Score: Ravens 27 - Raiders 16

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