Baltimore Ravens: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Raiders Game
Another home game and another home win for the Baltimore Ravens.
Playing against one of the AFC's lesser teams in the Oakland Raiders, the Baltimore Ravens came out yesterday afternoon and made a statement in front of their rabid home fans.
This team is still a contender.
Here's a look at the good and bad from yesterday's home tilt with the Raiders.
Good: The Passing Game and Special Teams
There were plenty of positives to take away from Sunday's game against the Raiders.
First and foremost, the "home-field" Joe Flacco was firing on all cylinders, completing almost two-thirds of his passes for over 340 yards and three touchdowns (Flacco would also add a rushing TD). He also managed to spread the ball out, as he hit six different receivers multiple times, with all of them having at least 30 yards on the day.
In fact, seven different players had a reception for over 15 yards at some point during the contest.
As for special teams, they were spot on yesterday afternoon.
Justin Tucker continued his impressive rookie campaign by hitting both his field goal attempts and all his extra point chances, while punter Sam Koch scored a touchdown on a fake field goal and kick returner Jacoby Jones ran a kick back 105 yards for a TD, his second of the season.
Bad: The Running Game
While the pass game seemed to be clicking, the run game wasn't exactly awe-inspiring.
Baltimore managed a total of just 78 yards on the ground yesterday, with Ray Rice averaging less than three yards per carry and Bernard Pierce averaging just 2.3 yards per carry.
The reason it wasn't put into the downright ugly category is because the Ravens did manage two rushing TDs in the red zone on offense and one on special teams.
Thankfully, a back like Rice is just as effective as a receiver as he is a running back.
Over the course of the next few weeks, however, as the Ravens play away from home, an effective run game will definitely come in handy, considering Joe Flacco's struggles away from Baltimore.
Ugly: Pass Defense
Now, I'm well aware that most of the yards given up through the air were in the latter stages of a game that was far out of reach for Oakland, but 368 yards to Carson Palmer? That should never happen. Garbage minutes or not.
Considering how poor the Raiders receiving core has been outside of Denarius Moore, being burned for over 350 yards through the air is embarrassing.
While it may not be something to worry about just yet considering the game wasn't on the line, it was definitely the worst aspect of the Ravens' game.