Raiders vs. Ravens: Sketching Out a Game Plan for Oakland

The Oakland Raiders travel to the Eastern Time zone to face a Baltimore Ravens team that is 6-2 and haven’t lost a game at home since 2010. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Ravens blew out the Raiders because the Ravens are consistently among the best teams in the AFC and the Raiders have several key injuries.

Despite these facts, the Raiders can beat the Ravens by following a recipe that the Houston Texans used to secure a 43-13 win in Week 7 or the one the Philadelphia Eagles used in Week 2. In both games, the Ravens were gouged through the air by a receiver and a tight end.

The Raiders have a solid passing game and will have to lean on it more heavily with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson injured. To win the Raiders will need production from Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Myers and the rest of the passing attack.

Taiwan Jones is expected to share the rushing duties with fullback Marcel Reece. While Jones is speedy and exciting anytime he gets the ball in his hands, Reece could prove to be a weapon for the Raiders on Sunday in Baltimore because of his ability in the passing game.

Of course, the Raiders will have to play better run defense than they did last week or the offense is going to be playing from behind. 


The Running Game

It’s the first extensive experience for Taiwan Jones, but he’s got speed to spare and he’s facing a Ravens team that has allowed 139.5 yards per game. That statistic is a bit deceiving because the Ravens have allowed just 4.0 yards per carry and only four explosive plays.

Jones hasn’t been given more opportunities because of ball security issues, and the Ravens have forced more fumbles on run defense than any other team (8). However, if Jones can secure the ball there could be opportunities for him to get to the edge of the defense and make a big play.

Jones will need his ...

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