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Even when you know you are going to lose a game, it stings to get clobbered like the Raiders did today.

The Raiders started the game choosing to receive.  Driving down the field to the Baltimore 44, Dennis Allen decides to go for it on 4th and 1.  Ball is snapped, Briesel steps on Palmers foot and he's sacked at the 49 yard line.  

This is the way the game would go all day. For every step forward, there were 5 steps back.

There were some nice moments in the first half of the game...  Huff had a beautiful interception.  Janikowski kicked a 32 yard field goal. DHB took a huge hit by Ed Reed but managed to find his way into the end zone.



But even with a little bit of momentum and only 1:37 left in the half, the Raiders allowed Flacco and Pitta to own the middle of the field and score before heading to the locker room. 27-10 Ravens



Unfortunately the Ravens received at the start at the second half and Tyvon Branch was burnt to a crisp by Torrey Smith for a 47 yard touchdown pass.

Denarius Moore caught a nice 30 yard TD pass to answer and it was 34-17 Ravens.  

The Raiders actually force a three and out (!) - then Philip Adams muffs the punt (probably because it was the first time the Ravens punted all day).



Torrey Smith uses the short field to his advantage and scores.  41-17 Ravens.

Three and out Raiders and the Ravens drive down the field.  The defense was actually able to hold them to a field goal.  BUT WAIT!  It's not a field goal! It's a perfectly executed fake, run in for a score by the holder.  48-17 Ravens.



That would be bad enough.  But on the next drive Palmer is basically sacked by Cooper Carlisle.  Hagen drops a sure TD pass and we're forced to kick a field goal. 48-20 Ravens.

To add insult to injury Jacoby Jones returns the ensuing kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.  55-20 Ravens.



There were 4 huge personal fouls called in this game.  Two on Wheeler and two on Curry.  While the early PF on Wheeler was kind of ticky tack, the mental mistakes allowed drives to continue.  Overall, the Raiders had 10 penalties for 105 yards.  I miss those replacement refs...

Most of the time, it's nice to be a part of history.  But not when that history involves allowing the most points scored in the history of your opponent's franchise.  The last time the Raiders allowed 50+ points was in 1981 vs the Chargers.  To date, 55 points is the most scored by any team this season.  

Dennis Allen has some work to do.

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November 11, 2012  08:19 PM ET
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That was embarrassing.

It was. Last week we couldn't stop the run, this week we couldn't stop the pass. Next week both?

I didn't even mention the 6 batted passes... Ravens went to JJ Swatt school apparently.

November 11, 2012  09:53 PM ET

They cannot win on the least coast. Unfortunately they go back 2 more times, week 12 @ Cinn. and week 16 @ Carolina.
They have the Saints next week and Payton in 3 weeks. They need to finish the season 6-1 to just get to 9-7, anyone thinking that could happen needs to sober up.

I usually always find something positive to say but now it looks like 'you can put a fork in em, they're done'.

The coaching staff needs to really earn their money now just to keep these players from phoning it in.

November 11, 2012  09:57 PM ET

I guess you can always look south and get a good laugh, let's see if they bring Norv back again next year.

At least the Raiders are in a rebuilding year with an all new coaching staff/ owner etc.

November 11, 2012  09:58 PM ET

Oh by the way, nice blog, very nicely done.

November 11, 2012  11:46 PM ET

< SMH > Urgency is of the highest order, and finally it's time to unleash the Ultimate Weapon - it's Pryor Time Babi!

November 12, 2012  01:53 PM ET

**

November 12, 2012  04:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Oh by the way, nice blog, very nicely done.

It's hard to write these things after a loss, but after a beatdown it's a million times harder. So thanks for that.

And you're right that the rest of the schedule doesn't look promising at all. SD struggling does give me a little happiness though! If Turner or Smith are back next year, I would be shocked.

November 12, 2012  05:08 PM ET

This Pats fan is deathly afraid of the Ravens.

November 12, 2012  07:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It's hard to write these things after a loss, but after a beatdown it's a million times harder. So thanks for that.And you're right that the rest of the schedule doesn't look promising at all. SD struggling does give me a little happiness though! If Turner or Smith are back next year, I would be shocked.

That fake field goal makes no sense other than is was an accident.

Why would you show a play like that when the game was in the bag? Now other teams can defend it.

Really confused by this, because if they planned it then it was bush league garbage at that point in the game.

Never liked the Ravens with Ray getting away with murder and all, this just makes it worse.

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November 13, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

This Pats fan is deathly afraid of the Ravens.

With good reason.

November 13, 2012  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That fake field goal makes no sense other than is was an accident.Why would you show a play like that when the game was in the bag? Now other teams can defend it.Really confused by this, because if they planned it then it was bush league garbage at that point in the game.Never liked the Ravens with Ray getting away with murder and all, this just makes it worse.

I think it was planned. They saw everyone lined up heavily to the right and called it. I agree that it was unnecessary when you are already shellacking a team, and you're right that other teams will be ready for it since they showed their hand.

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November 13, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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This was the first time this season - and the first time I think in about 3 years - where I couldn't even make it through the whole game. Stopped watching after that typical Harbaugh-Bush league fake FG nonsense. It was just a completely unwatchable game. And I mean, I actually watched the whole Denver game, and that was nowhere near as bad as this. The defense is pathetic. There is no running game. A dude came off the practice squad and had 5 more carries than Taiwan Jones. I'm expecting this to get worse before it gets better.

Only reason I watched all the way through was because I knew it was my turn to do the blog. Otherwise I don't think I would have made it through the whole thing.

Next week has another potential blow out written all over it.

Did you hear the rumor that Mark Davis asked DMC to go to Allen and ask to ditch the ZBS? Supposedly this happened before he was injured.

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November 13, 2012  12:24 PM ET
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I hadn't heard that. I know it's good Mark wants to be more hands-off than Al, and he can't meddle in McKenzie's plans, but I would hope that even McKenzie can see what a disaster Greg Knapp and his scheme are. This just can't continue past this season.

Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/ajxzhnm

If McKenzie can't see it, then this team is in a world of hurt.

November 13, 2012  09:10 PM ET

FYI, Mark Sanchez should be available at the end of the season for any other NFL/Canadian team to pick up IMO.

 
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