Paul G's Instant Replay: Ravens 55, Raiders 20

Paul G's Instant Replay: Ravens 55, Raiders 20
November 11, 2012, 9:06 pm
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BALTIMORE -- It was as embarrassing a beating as it was thorough.The Raiders' 55-20 defeat to Baltimore tied a franchise record for most points allowed, equaling the 55 given up to San Diego on Nov. 22, 1981 and the 55 surrendered to Houston on Sept. 9, 1961, and the Ravens set a franchise record for most points scored.Oakland was never really in the game, though quarterback Carson Palmer did his best, throwing for 368 yards, on 29 of 45 passing, with two touchdowns and an interception for a passer rating of 95.4.Perhaps most galling for the Raiders was the fake field goal the Ravens ran for a touchdown with a huge lead. Or this: the Raiders actually outgained the Ravens, 422-419.Keep scoring late: Darrius Heyward-Bey's 55-yard catch and run for a touchdown with 1:37 to play in the second quarter marked the ninth straight time this season the Raiders scored in the final two minutes of the first half. The TD pulled the Raiders to within 20-10. And really, that was that, as the Ravens took off from there.Um, Taiwan Jones?: With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both out with respective high ankle sprains, the thought was that Taiwan Jones would get a shot at being the lead running back. Instead, fullback Marcel Reece got the start and the lion's share of the carries. In fact, practice squad signee Jeremy Stewart carried the ball before Jones, getting 22 yards on six carries. Jones had two carries for six yards and Reece had a game-high 48 yards on 13 carries.Third-quarter woes: After getting outscored 21-7 in the third quarter, the Raiders have now been outscored by a cumulative 109-31 in the third this season. It remains the worst such margin in the NFL.What would Aaron Curry do?: Making his season debut after being activated off the PUP list this week, linebacker Aaron Curry was expected to add some much-needed energy to the defense. Instead, he contributed a pair of 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalties.Rubbing it in?: Just after Joselio Hanson woofed at Anquan Boldin for breaking up a pass in the right corner of the end zone, and Boldin pointed at the scoreboard to show a 41-17 score in favor of the Ravens, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh called for a fake field goal. Holder Sam Koch took the direct snap and ran untouched for a seven-yard touchdown to put the Ravens up, 48-17.Flores breaks it down: In the course of the Raiders' defense collapsing, particularly in the middle of the field, two-time Super Bowl-winning coach-turned-radio broadcaster Tom Flores turned to partner Greg Papa, saying, "This is getting disgusting, Greg." Actually, it got worse.Up next: The Raiders (3-6) are home to face the high-powered New Orleans Saints (4-5), who handed the Atlanta Falcons their first loss of the season on Sunday.

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