Ravens Pick Up Crucial 30-17 Win in Oakland
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF)--- The Baltimore Ravens (3-2) picked up a win during a crucial part of their season at Oakland, 30-17. Both teams entered the game on a two-game losing streak. The Ravens walked away with their first win since September 17th. It was also their first win that far out west since the 2012 season.
The Ravens defense took care of back-up quarterback E.J. Manuel. He was 13/26, 159 yards and one touchdown. Starting Derek Carr was inactive with a back injury.
The Ravens were able to eliminate any big plans on defense, but did allow their third straight game giving up 100-yards rushing without defensive lineman Brandon Williams (foot) in the lineup. Their first defensive series resulted in a fumble recovery by cornerback Jimmy Smith. Smith ran it back for a 47-yard touchdown. By the first five minutes of the game, the Ravens were up two touchdowns.
The real story of the game was the Ravens play on offense. Their first series, quarterback Joe Flacco's first pass, was a 52-yard pass that set up a two-yard rushing touchdown by tight end Vince Mayle. In the Ravens first two previous games against Pittsburgh and Jacksonville the offense was shutout in the first half. Flacco was 19/26, 222 yards and no turnovers. Flacco had the longest-active streak entering the game with 10-consecutive games with at least one interception.
The Ravens rushed for 143 yards due to the work load of running backs Buck Allen and Alex Collins. Allen led the Ravens in yards and carries, he scored a one-yard touchdown. Starter Terrance West left the game with a calf injury in the first quarter.
Mike Wallace led in receiving with three catches for 133 yards. That yardage total is more than Wallace had in the first four games combined. What was most impressive about the offense besides the quick 7-0 score in the first, they moved the ball enough in the second half to eliminate a comeback by the Raiders when Oakland cut it to a one score game. The Ravens were 7-for-14 on third down and only committed one penalty.
Baltimore heads home next Sunday to face the Chicago Bears.