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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
The Baltimore Ravens are back on a winning streak, and it came at the expense of the Oakland Raiders. Baltimore jumped out to a 19-point lead in the first half and went on to win by the same margin, 29-10, at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens had some tricks up their sleeve Sunday. Backup quarterback Troy Smith made his season debut after recovering from a viral infection that he suffered in training camp. Smith completed a 43-yard pass to starting quarterback Joe Flacco on one play and rushed three times for 13 yards.
The added dimension and strong ground attack was enough for the victory. Baltimore's defense was once again lights out, holding Oakland to just 47 rushing yards to extend its streak to an NFL-best 26 games without a 100-yard rusher. The Ravens also registered four sacks.
With the victory, Baltimore's 2008 season has gone like this: two wins, three losses, two wins. But the roller-coaster ride has the Ravens at 4-3 and right in the hunt in the AFC at the midway point of the season.
Next week Baltimore will travel to play the AFC North-rival Cleveland Browns.