This was an AFC showdown that most thought would be more competitive now, due to the way in which the season has gone. However, it ended up mimicking patterns of the past. The Ravens ran over the Raiders, not giving any ground as they went on to win 55-20.
Let's look at five things that each team may be able to use going forward.
Running with Reece
I picked up Marcel Reece in one of my fantasy leagues this week. I liked his projections against Baltimore and I thought he'd have a big game; as teams have been able to gouge the Ravens with the run all season.
Reece had 13 carries for 48 yards. Although he got me enough points to secure a win, while my starting running back had a bye week, his efforts weren't enough to help secure a Raiders victory. With both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with injuries, Reece's production will have to start manifesting itself into something great as the Raiders' season depends on it from here on out.
Ain't No Place Like Home
The Baltimore Ravens have the longest active home winning-streak in the NFL. The Ravens just won their 15th consecutive home game. On the season, the Ravens are 5-0 at home, and 2-2 on the road. Baltimore has three home games left.
Although they've had major success at home, the Ravens have their work cut out for them in the three remaining home games. Baltimore will play host to Pittsburgh, then Denver, and lastly, the New York Giants.
We don't know if the streak will last, but we do know that the Ravens will be tough to beat.
Losses Have Come In Pairs
The Oakland Raiders are now 3-6 on the season. If you've followed the Raiders this season, you know that Oakland has taken their losses in pairs. Now, that may not be pleasing to hear for Raiders fans, but each of those sets of losses were followed by wins. That would be something to look forward to. If the pattern continues to evolve, Oakland should expect to win as they host the New Orleans Saints in Week 11.
Receiving and Running
For the first time since... well ever! The Baltimore Ravens have been relying on their offense to produce wins. And they've been successful. Everybody is used to the dominating defense anchored by Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, and Ed Reed; but the "big three" these days are Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, and of course feature back, Ray Rice.
Each of the three has over 500 yards to contribute to the Ravens' success. Torrey Smith has 31 receptions, 548 yards, and 7 TDs. Anquan Boldin has 40 receptions, for 548 yards, and a TD. Ray Rice has 941 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns.
Of the team's 25 offensive touchdowns, Boldin, Smith, and Rice account for 15 of them. Get this, Flacco is deinitely an equal-opportunist. He has targeted both receivers (Smith and Boldin) 64 times each, and each has accumulated 548 yards.
Hope for the Raiders
After winning two games in a row and gaining some momentum, Oakland has dropped the last two, putting them three games under .500. With the Broncos catching fire as of late with a four-game winning streak, the division would be tough to win. However, the Raiders do have a schedule that works in their favor.
Of Oakland's seven remaining games, only one comes against a team that has a record of .500 or better. With a schedule like that, you've got to feel better about your chances.