Baltimore was all smiles on Sunday (US Presswire)
BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) -- The Raiders went beyond mere defeat Sunday with a loss of historical proportions.
Baltimore Ravens hung a 55-20 loss on the Raiders at M&T Bank
Stadium, equaling the most points ever surrendered by the franchise
while at the same time setting a single-game scoring record for the home
team before 71,339 fans.
Considering the Ravens' last points came
on a 105-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones with 12:34 left, it could
have been worse had Baltimore not taken its foot off the gas and
eventually replaced starting quarterback Joe Flacco with backup Tyrod
As it is, coupled with last week's 42-32 loss to Tampa
Bay, the 97 points scored against the Raiders in back-to-back games are
second only to the 99 points they gave up in the first two games of the
1961 season in the pre-Al Davis era.
It's the first real crisis
for coach Dennis Allen, with the Raiders 3-6 and faced with a suddenly
resurgent New Orleans team coming to town in Week 11.
"We had too
many mental errors on defense, gave up too many big plays, turned the
ball over too many times and didn't execute on special teams," Allen
said. "When you do those things, it generally results in something like
In contrast to last week's 251-yard rushing assault by the
Buccaneers' Doug Martin, the Raiders shored up that part of their game
only to have Flacco cut them to pieces.
"Their safeties really got off those hashes
and were going wide and watching Torrey and Anquan (Boldin) underneath,"
Flacco said. "It left the middle of the field open a little bit."
Rice, limited to 35 yards on 13 carries, scored on a 7-yard run, and
the Ravens piled on a late indignity when holder Sam Koch pushed the
score to 48-17 with 5:20 left in the third quarter with a 7-yard run off
a fake field goal attempt.
The Ravens, 7-2 and winners of 15
straight at home, added field goals of 48 and 34 yards from Justin
Tucker and tied the San Diego Chargers (55-21 in 1981) as the team to
score the most points on the Raiders in a regular-season game.
Raiders actually outgained Baltimore 422 to 419, as Carson Palmer was
29 for 45 for 368 yards and TD passes of 55 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey
and 30 yards to Denarius Moore.
Heyward-Bey's score came with
1:37 left in the first half -- the ninth straight game the Raiders have
scored with less than two minutes left before intermission -- and in
theory could have provided some momentum. He bounced off a tackle by
Ravens safety Ed Reed and ran the final 35 yards to the end zone to make
The Raiders gave it right back. Flacco completed 5 of 6
passes for 73 yards, Rice scored from the 7 with 24 seconds left, and
Baltimore had a 27-10 halftime lead.
Baltimore outscored the Raiders 21-7 in the third quarter, a period that Oakland has now given up 109 points and scored just 31.
came apart in the third quarter," Palmer said. "They kept scoring, and
we couldn't keep up. With all the penalties and mental errors we had,
there's no way we're going to beat a playoff team on their field."
against a defense that is without linebacker Ray Lewis and defensive
tackle Haloti Ngata, Palmer threw an interception that was batted into
the air and caught by Paul Kruger and also lost a fumble. Special teams
contributed with a lost fumble by Phillip Adams, setting up a Baltimore
touchdown, and Jones' 105-yard kickoff return.
The Raiders also
had 10 penalties for 105 yards, including two personal fouls by
linebacker Aaron Curry in his first game after rehabbing sore knees.
obviously have to look at the whole thing," Allen said. "The outcome
like that is unacceptable. We have to do better and we have to look at
that and see what we can do to give ourselves a better chance.