Raiders lifeless in second half again, fall to Ravens on the road
By Brad Weiss
The Oakland Raiders hung in with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but in the end, their second half deficiencies were the difference.
The Oakland Raiders were down only three points at the half, and after going down ten in the third quarter, battled back to make it a three point game with a little over five minutes to go in the third, but they were blown out the rest of the way. The Baltimore Ravens scored twice in the fourth quarter, as they dominated both sides of the ball, and came away with the victory.
Doug Martin got the party started early for the Raiders, scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Silver and Black in the first quarter. However, the Raiders 7-0 lead quickly turned to a 13-7 deficit, as the Ravens sandwiched two field goals around a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown by Cyrus Jones.
Down 13-10 at the half, the Raiders tried to make it a game, as they exchanged touchdowns with the Ravens in the third quarter. The Raiders score came on an incredibly athletic catch by Jared Cook, who continues to show why he should be a Pro Bowler this season. Cook’s touchdown cut the Ravens lead to 20-17, but it was all Baltimore after that.
Former Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree extended the Ravens lead to ten, catching a third down pass from eight yards out to put another nail in the Raiders coffin. The game was sealed five minutes later, when Terrell Suggs picked up a Derek Carr fumble and rumbled 43 yards for the touchdown.
Here is the recap of Sunday’s loss.