The Raiders last layed the Ravens in the 2009 regular season finale. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
THIS WEEK’S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
- The Raiders travel to Baltimore this weekend, their third of five trips to the Eastern Time Zone this season. The Raiders will travel 28,692 miles during the 2012 season, more than any other NFL team.
Darrius Heyward-Beyattended high school in Owings Mills, Md., less than five miles from the Ravens’ headquarters and less than 20 miles from M&T Bank Stadium.
Tony Bergstrom, the Raiders’ first draft pick in 2012 and Oakland’s first selection under the direction of General Manager Reggie McKenzie, will be playing against his brother-in-law, Ravens OLB Paul Kruger.
Carson Palmerplayed against Baltimore 13 times as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2004-10, posting a 9-4 record. Palmer has passed for 3,202 yards against the Ravens.
- Palmer recorded the sixth 400-yard passing game in Raiders history last week against Tampa Bay. Palmer passed for 414 yards, the fourth most by a Raider, and now owns two of the top four single-game yardage marks in franchise annals.
- The Raiders have scored in the final two minutes of the first half in each of the team’s eight games this season.
- The Raiders have scored 44 points off of turnovers this season, tied for fourth most in the NFL. Oakland has produced points from takeaways in four straight games.
RAIDERS TRAVEL TO FACE RAVENS: The Raiders travel to Baltimore this week, marking the Silver and Black’s third trip to the Eastern Time Zone this season. The Raiders look to rebound from a 42-32 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, while the 6-2 Ravens are coming off of a 25-15 victory at Cleveland.
THE SERIES: The Raiders and Ravens have met just six times in the regular season, with Baltimore holding a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams last played in the 2009 season finale, a 21-13 Raven win, and last met in Baltimore on Oct. 26, 2008, a 29-10 Raider loss. The only Raider win in the series came via a 20-12 decision in Oakland on Dec. 14, 2003. Oakland also visited Baltimore on Sept. 1, 1996, marking the Ravens’ first-ever regular-season game. The two teams have met once in the postseason, a 16-3 Baltimore win in the 2000 AFC Championship game.
CARSON RACKS UP THE YARDAGE: QB Carson Palmer passed for 414 yards vs. Tampa Bay on Sunday, eclipsing the 400-yard mark for the second time with the Raiders. He became just the third quarterback in Raider history with at least 400 passing yards and four-plus touchdowns in a game, and the first since Cotton Davidson did it vs. Denver on Oct. 25, 1964. His yardage total marked the fourth most by a Raider, and Palmer now owns two of the top four single-game passing totals in franchise history.
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PALMER vs. BALTIMORE: QB Carson Palmer spent eight seasons (2003- 10) with the Cincinnati Bengals, AFC North division rivals of the Baltimore Ravens. Palmer has faced the Ravens 13 times in the regular season, posting a 9-4 record. The Raiders’ signal-caller has completed 266-of-436 pass attempts for 3,202 yards and 15 touchdowns against Baltimore in regular-season action.
FIRST-HALF FLURRIES: QB Carson Palmer connected with WR
REECE SETS RECEIVING HIGHS: FB
CARTER AMONG ACTIVE LEADERS: Sunday’s game will feature two of the NFL’s active career sacks leaders in Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs (83.5) and the Raiders’
TURNING TAKEAWAYS INTO POINTS: An opportunistic Raider defense and special teams recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries at Kansas City on Oct. 28, turning three of those changes in possession into points. The Silver and Black capitalized again last week, turning a fumble recovery into eight fourth-quarter points.
POINTS OFF TAKEAWAYS: The Raiders are tied for fourth in the NFL with 44 points from 12 takeaways this season. Oakland is averaging 3.67 points per takeaway, most among teams with 12 or more turnovers.
JANIKOWSKI GOOD FROM INSIDE 40: K
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS vs. BALTIMORE: S
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS: OL Tony Bergstrom’s brother-in-law is Ravens OLB Paul Kruger, Baltimore’s second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft...WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is from Owings Mills, Md. ...He attended McDonogh High School and played with Ravens WRs Torrey Smith and LaQuan Williams at Maryland...Senior offensive assistant Al Saunders served as an offensive consultant with the Ravens in 2009 and as senior offensive assistant in 2010...Defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn coached the secondary for the Ravens from 2004-05...FB