The Oakland Raiders will try to solve the mystery of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 of the 2015 Regular Season. This will the second half of a two-game home stand to open the season for the Silver and Black.
I call it a mystery because since the original Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Ravens, the Raiders have only beaten them once.
An exclusive look at the past match ups between the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.
Here are some interesting items about the match-up**:
The Baltimore Ravens have molded themselves into perennial playoff participants. QB Joe Flacco had a bounce back year in 2014 after falling off a bit in 2013. WR Torrey Smith left via free agency but the Ravens selected WR Breshad Perriman out of Central Florida in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft and re-signed RB Justin Forsett. It'll be interesting to see how the Ravens offense matches up against the new-look Raiders defense.
The Ravens traded longtime defensive lineman Haloti Ngata to the Detroit Lions and LB/DE Pernell McPhee left for Chicago in free agency this offseason. So, the make-up of the Ravens front seven will change. However, DE Terrell Suggs continues to terrorize opposing offenses. LT Donald Penn played well in his first season with the Raiders. The Silver and Black also added C Rodney Hudson in free agency. The Raiders offensive live vs the Ravens front, and especially the Suggs/Penn match-up will be ones to watch.
The Ravens are considered an expansion team in terms of franchise and NFL history. When the original Browns left Cleveland, the NFL decreed that the name, the colors and franchise history remain with the city of Cleveland.
Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio, who spent 2003-11 as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has a 2-2 all-time record against the Ravens. He was the Ravens linebackers coach from 1999-2001.
Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski* *has not missed a field goal or extra point in six career games, one in the postseason, against Baltimore. He is a perfect 9-of-9 on field goals and 6-of-6 on extra-point attempts for a total of 36 points.
Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson* *played for Baltimore from 1999-2001, where he earned his only Super Bowl title following the 2000 season.
Oakland's only win against Baltimore came at O.co Coliseum on Dec. 14, 2003, when the Raiders beat the Ravens 20-12. The quarterbacks in that match-up? Rick Mirer for the Raiders and Anthony Wright for the Ravens.
Raiders Media Relations contributed to this article.