Oakland Raiders: Winner and Losers Against Baltimore Ravens
The Raiders trailed the entire game and never stood a chance as Baltimore scored on them in every which way imaginable.
With the defense greatly under performing and the offense being completely one-dimensional, Oakland continues to become less relevant in the AFC playoff picture.
Here are the winners and losers from Week 10.
Loser: Special Teams
Once again, the Raiders were snake-bitten by their horrific special teams play. Return man Phillip Adams fumbled another punt, and it helped Baltimore extend its lead to 41-17 shortly after.
As if things weren't going badly enough for the Raiders on special teams, Baltimore decided to go for a fake field goal despite being up by 24 points. Ravens punter Sam Koch took the snap right up the gut while being virtually untouched to make a mockery of Oakland's abysmal defense.
The Raiders also allowed Jacoby Jones to take a kickoff 105 yards to the end zone to give Baltimore a season-high 55 points.
It's difficult to win when your special teams unit shoots itself in the foot all game long.
Loser: Pass Defense
Joe Flacco looked as comfortable as a quarterback could look as he picked apart Oakland's awful secondary.
Flacco finished the game 21-of-33 for 341 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders failed to generate any pass rush on him all game long and let him connect with receivers as if they were practicing in the backyard.
Oakland has only recorded one sack in its last two games and continues to look like one of the league's worst pass defenses.
Notable Loser: Joselio Hanson
The Raiders cornerback decided to talk smack to Baltimore despite being down by 24 points. Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to shut Hanson up by converting on a fake field goal with a huge lead.
Winner: Carson Palmer
Somebody needs to get Carson Palmer an award for being the only reliable Raider on the team. Even with a horrible offensive line and a non-existent running game, Palmer continues to deliver week after week by putting up monster numbers.
He finished 29-of-45 for 368 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against the Ravens and connected with nine different receivers in the process.
Over his last two games, Palmer has thrown for 782 yards and six touchdowns. There are still those who blame him for costly turnovers, but he has been the nucleus to the Raiders offense all year long.
Palmer has led Oakland to the NFL's sixth-best passing offense and has risen to the challenge this season.
Unfortunately, he can't do it all by himself.
After an impressive and uncharacteristic start to the season where they cut penalties down severely, the Raiders have gone back to their old ways of stupid fouls that inhibit their chances to win football games.
Oakland finished with 10 penalties for 105 yards against the Ravens. Though 10 penalties may seem like another day at the office to the Raiders, four of them were personal fouls that kept the Ravens offense on the field.
After only committing two fouls against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8, Oakland has 19 penalties in its last two games.
Although the Raiders' culture has been defined by a renegade reputation with smash-mouth football, the penalties have got to stop if they want to be taken seriously by the rest of the league.
That's why Hue Jackson got fired in the first place, right?
Winner: Marcel Reece
After Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were unable to suit up against Baltimore, Marcel Reece made the most of his opportunity to start for the first time this season.
Reece proved to be extremely versatile by finishing with 104 total yards of offense. Unlike McFadden, Reece was able to finish with a 3.7 yards per carry average.
He also received a team-high nine targets from Carson Palmer and had seven catches for 56 yards. Coming off his nine-catch performance against Tampa Bay in Week 9, Reece continues to be a valuable option in Oakland's passing attack.
Notable Winners: Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey
Oakland's two young receivers had a combined 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders loss to Baltimore. Both of them averaged at least 16 yards per catch and are starting to find a groove in the passing attack at the same time.
Loser: Team Morale
After winning two games in a row against Jacksonville and Kansas City, Oakland has made itself irrelevant once again by suffering two ugly losses.
The Raiders made Joe Flacco look like Tom Brady and took numerous stupid penalties to show the rest of the NFL that they really are the "same old Raiders."
Baltimore ran 11 fewer plays than Oakland did and still came out with a 35-point victory. It was the fifth time this season the Raiders allowed more than 30 points in a single game.
As the team grows undisciplined and the defense gives up more and more touchdowns, the Raiders continue to fade with each week that passes by.
It's highly unlikely they will walk out of either of those games with any confidence, let alone a victory.
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