The Raiders were once again embarrassed as they were blown out in Baltimore 55-20 by the Ravens on Sunday.
With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with high-ankle sprains, the Raiders were unable to get the running game which caused the offense to become one-dimensional. Palmer finished 29-46 for 368 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as fullback Marcel Reece was the Raiders leading rusher with 48 yards on 13 carries.
Just a week after getting embarrassed by Doug Martin and the Buccaneers, the Raiders defense was once again embarrassed giving up an NFL-season high 55 points.
Though they were able to limit Ravens running back Ray Rice to just 35 yards, it was the secondary that couldn’t stop the Ravens as quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 21-33 passing. The quarterback distributed the ball nicely, producing four receivers with greater than 50 yards receiving.
Already down 20-3, the Raiders didn’t get their first touchdown until Palmer hit wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey who broke a couple of tackles and scampered 55 yards for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 20-10 with just 1:46 remaining in the second quarter. After not scoring in the first quarter for the first time this season, Heyward-Bey’s touchdown kept the Raiders streak going of scoring in the final two minutes of the first half every game.
But the defense once again failed as they allowed the Ravens to come right back and score before the half ended, giving the Ravens a 27-10 lead heading into the second half.
The Ravens offense proved to be too much to handle as the Baltimore continued to exploit a hurt Raiders secondary that became more banged up when safety-turned-cornerback Michael Huff injured himself while defending a pass in the end zone.
Head coach John Harbaugh even ran up the score some when he attempted a fake field goal that saw punter Sam Koch tuck the ball and run into the end zone to put the Ravens on top 48-17 late in the third quarter.
To add insult to injury, the Raiders allowed return man Jacoby Jones to return a kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Ravens 55 points.
Things don’t get easier for the Raiders as they host the the New Orleans Saints next week at O.Co Coliseum.