"It was going to be a snowball effect".
For all the prolific yardage figures the Raiders gave up a year ago en route to a 12-4 season, they hung their hat defensively on being decent in the red zone and being very good when it came to turnover margin. "Wish I would have scored".
"We have to get going and get clicking", Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. 90 of those rushing yards came courtesy of Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette and they came via a long scoring run play with 1:47 left in the game.
"It definitely was good to let the ball go down the field and let Mike go get one", Flacco said. Prove to me that you can be a starter in this league. When this game gets kicked off, the Ravens are expecting to see E.J. Manuel under center for the Raiders. While he wasn't bad, completing 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown, the passing game lacked dynamism all afternoon. Manuel bought time in the pocket and threw a 41-yard touchdown strike to Michael Crabtree.
Although there was a big fuss after running back Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders it seems the veteran stills needs some time to make big plays this season. "I don't know if we believed it or not, but it be like this (2-3)". "It's just a matter of it playing out the way we want it to - the right coverage, the right timing, everything". Manuel won his only career start vs. Baltimore, a 23-20 home win in Buffalo in 2013.
Raiders owner Mark Davis' game plan of continuing to pack the Coliseum for the next two or three seasons, before the move to Las Vegas, is dependent on the team winning. Before the fans settled into their seats, he handed off to Vince Mayle for a two-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead.
It was basically cruise control for Baltimore from that point forward.
"It didn't go anything like it needed to", Del Rio said. "I think this homestand, this home game (Sunday), is going to be big".
Flacco showed off his improvisational skills in the first quarter when he tripped on a drop back after a shotgun snap. The Ravens must stop the run and brutalize the quarterback, whomever that ends up being. That led to many Raiders plays breaking down, putting them in tough third-down situations.