Sunday, November 11, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 55, Raiders 20
By Jamison Hensley
BALTIMORE -- My thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 55-20 win over the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium:
What it means: The Ravens (7-2) maintained their lead in the AFC North heading into their toughest three-game stretch of the season (two games against Pittsburgh with a cross-country trip to San Diego sandwiched in between). This was Baltimore's 15th straight win at home -- the longest active streak in the NFL -- and the Ravens made it look easy against an outclassed Raiders team. The Raiders (3-6) have lost all five of their games to the Ravens in Baltimore.
Setting scoring mark: The Ravens set a single-game record for scoring with 55 points. They scored touchdowns on three passes, two runs, one fake field goal and one kickoff. Baltimore's previous best was 48 points. The Ravens had scored 38 points in their previous two games combined.
Flacco reaching the end zone: Joe Flacco has played his best at home this season, and this was no exception. He threw three touchdowns and scored a fourth on a 1-yard sneak. Flacco finished 21-of-33 for 341 yards. It was the 11th 300-yard game for Flacco.
Running it up: The Ravens had a 24-point lead (41-17) late in the third quarter, but that wasn't enough for Baltimore. Lining up for a field goal, holder Sam Koch took the snap and ran 7 yards untouched for the touchdown. The Ravens were showing no mercy in this one.
Jones establishes NFL record: Jacoby Jones became the first player in league history with two career kickoff returns of at least 105 yards. He returned one for 105 yards to cap the scoring Sunday. Last month against Dallas, Jones returned one 108 yards. He also becomes the first player in Ravens history to have two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season and in a career.
Taking it easy: The Ravens treated Sunday's game as an extra bye week. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (abdomen) suited up, but they didn't have to play a snap.
Painful outing for Reed: Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed failed to wrap up Darrius Heyward-Bey late in the second quarter, which allowed the Raiders receiver to score a 55-yard touchdown. Reed walked off the field holding his right shoulder. The injury has bothered him for most of the season and led to the Ravens getting fined when they didn't report it on the injury report. The rout allowed Reed to sit out the fourth quarter.
What's next: The Ravens play at the rival Steelers next Sunday night.