The Browns left Cleveland after the 1995 season and relocated to Baltimore. Leaving the team's colors and franchise history in Cleveland, the Ravens were, and are, considered an expansion team in terms of franchise history. They adopted new colors, a new logo, and a new team name that spoke to Baltimore's literary history. Inspired by one of longtime Baltimore resident Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works, the team became the "Ravens."
The Raiders made their first trip to Baltimore since the 1977 AFC Divisional Playoffs and the famous "Ghost to the Post" double-overtime win over the Baltimore Colts, who moved to Indianapolis in 1984, in 1996. The Week 1 match-up marked the regular season debut of the Baltimore Ravens. The Raiders fell to the Ravens 19-14 at Memorial Stadium, the Ravens temporary home, and the site of that 1977 playoff game against the Colts.
The Raiders traveled east again in 1998 and faced the Ravens at their new stadium, then known as Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards, with Baltimore winning 13-10. The Raiders went 8-8 that season, while the Ravens went 6-10. The two teams were on the rise, however, and on a collision course for their first and only playoff meeting.
An exclusive look at the past match ups between the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.
After going 8-8 again in 1999, the 2000 Raiders finished the season with a 12-4 mark and an AFC Western Division title. The Ravens also went 8-8 in 1999, and finished the 2000 campaign with a 12-4 record as well.
The Raiders dispatched the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional round, while the Ravens defeated Denver in the Wild Card round. The Ravens win over Tennessee in the Divisional Round left the Raiders as the top remaining seed and as the host for the AFC Championship game.
Unfortunately, the Raiders were unable to overcome an injury to starting quarterback Rich Gannon, and despite backup quarterback Bobby Hoying's best efforts to rally the team, fell to the Ravens 16-3 at Network Associates Coliseum.
The teams met again in 2003 in Oakland, as Rick Mirer led the Silver and Black to a wire-to-wire 20-12 victory. Gannon and backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo were both lost to injury earlier in the season.
The Ravens won the next four meetings, three in Baltimore, in 2006, '08, '09 and '12.
In Week 2 of the 2015 season, the Ravens once again flew west to face the Raiders in Oakland. After falling to the Cincinnati Bengals at home in Week 1, the Raiders were still looking for their first win at the start of the Jack Del Rio era. Quarterback Derek Carr engineered a fourth quarter comeback and connected with wide receiver Seth Roberts for Roberts' first career game-winning touchdown. The Raiders emerged victorious, 37-33, as cornerback Neiko Thorpe picked off quarterback Joe Flacco to preserve the victory.
Last season, the Raiders took a 2-1 record into Baltimore to take on the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium after a hard-fought victory over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville the week before. Wide receiver Derek Carr recorded his first career three receiving touchdown game – including the go-ahead score with 2:12 left in the game - and safety Reggie Nelson's hit on wide receiver Kamar Aiken on a 4th down play resulted in an incomplete pass and prevented Baltimore from getting into field goal range. The Raiders came away with a 28-27 victory.
The Ravens lead the series 6-3, but the Silver and Black have captured the last two meetings. If recent history is any indication, you can expect a back-and-forth physical affair that just might go down to the wire.