Sunday, November 11, 2012
Good morning from Baltimore
By Jamison Hensley
BALTIMORE -- Sunday will start an AFC North doubleheader for me in Week 10. I will begin with the Raiders-Ravens game today and head to Pittsburgh on Monday for the Chiefs-Steelers game.
As for Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, this one will likely be decided by the backfields. The Ravens' struggling run defense catches a break with the Raiders' top two running backs, Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, out with high-ankle sprains. Oakland will rely on fullback Marcel Reece and third-string running back Taiwan Jones.
In what doesn't seem fair, the Ravens still have Ray Rice, who will go against a Raiders defense that gave up 251 yards rushing to Buccaneers rookie Doug Martin last Sunday.
"Obviously, you look at it and you start to get excited when you see it happening," Rice said. "Anybody goes over 200 yards, you have to figure there is a problem there."
Last Sunday, the Raiders allowed three touchdown runs of 40-plus yards. Since the start of the 2010 season, the Raiders have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns of at least 40 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That's by far the most in the NFL The next three teams on the list have 12 combined.
While I will be attending the Ravens' and Steelers' games, I won't forget about the Giants-Bengals game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. I will file a wrap-up to the Bengals game after I get done with the Ravens locker room.