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Ravens-Raiders: Baltimore Takes the Wind Out Of Oakland's Sails

chad lamasaCorrespondent IJune 14, 2016

Taking a page out of the Dolphins' playbook, the Ravens used different packages that included both quarterbacks and players from both sides of the ball. The most exciting of which was a play in which Joe Flacco snapped the ball, tossed it to Troy Smith, and took off down field to record a 43-yard reception.

This was called the Suggs package, because earlier in the week, Terrell Suggs said that Troy Smith was more suited to being the starting quarterback for the Ravens.

The offense is finally starting to be exciting in Baltimore, something that hasn't happened since Vinnie Testaverde was the quarterback, but back then, the defense wasn't so great.

Joe Flacco continues to improve weekly. His numbers may have been a touch low this week, but that is partly do to the fact that the Ravens used the Wildcat offense. If he had thrown the pass to Smith, instead of receiving it, he would have had 183 yards and a passing touchdown. He also rushed for a 12-yard touchdown, and most importantly, he had his second straight game of no interceptions.

The defense stepped up in a big way, again without the services of Chris McAlister, limiting the Oakland offense to just 47 rushing yards and 187 passing yards, sacking JaMarcus Russell four times (once for a safety) and intercepting him once.

The penalties are still hurting the Ravens, who were penalized eight times for 52 yards, including two that cost the Ravens touchdowns.

Future Hall of Famer, and the first draft pick in Ravens history, Jonathan Ogden was inducted in to the Ravens Ring of Honor at half time.

The Ravens defeat of the Oakland Raiders was the 100th victory in franchise history.

As great as all this was, the best part was that I lucked into four tickets the morning of the game and got to take my five-year old son to the game with me and two of my friends.

Seeing the excitement on his face walking in was one of the greatest moments of my life. He was into the game asking me to pick him up so that he could see what was going on.

I explained what a field goal is, we had end-zone seats, so Matt Stover kicked a field goal right towards us.

I pointed out Todd Heap, Ray Lewis, and some other players he knows. The other fans around us were high fiving him when we scored. He was chanting "D-Fense" with everyone.

I'll probably forget a lot of the details of the game itself as time goes by, but I will never forget the time spent with him at his first Ravens game.

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