The Oakland Raiders will make their first trip of the young season to the Eastern Time Zone this weekend, traveling to Baltimore to face the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT. The game marks the second consecutive road contest for the Silver and Black after last weekend's victory against the Titans in Tennessee. This will also be the second straight year that the Raiders and Ravens will play each other, as the two teams met in Oakland in Week 2 last year. Last week, the Raiders improved their road record to 2-0 with a 17-10 win over the Titans, while the Ravens also won a tight road game, prevailing over the Jacksonville Jaguars by a final of 19-17.
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Date:Sunday, Oct. 2Kickoff:10:00 a.m. PTSite:M&T Bank Stadium (1998)Capacity/Surface:71,008/Natural GrassRegular Season:Ravens lead, 6-2
In improving its record to 2-1 last Sunday, Oakland got off to a fast start and forced three turnovers to come away with the win. The team's rushing attack totaled 123 yards on the ground and RB Latavius Murray scored a touchdown for the third straight game. QB Derek Carr posted a solid game through the air, throwing for 249 yards on 21-of-35 passing with one touchdown and one interception, his first turnover of the season. WR Michael Crabtree led all receivers with 102 receiving yards on eight receptions, marking his first 100-yard game of the year and fourth as a Raider. The defense forced timely turnovers throughout the game, led by their three free agent acquisitions from this offseason. CB Sean Smith and S Reggie Nelson each recorded their first interceptions as Raiders and LB Bruce Irvin forced a fumble that was recovered by Nelson. DL Denico Autry recorded his first sack of the season and 2016 first-round draft pick S Karl Joseph led the team with 13 tackles (eight solo).
After Sunday's game, the Raiders will return home for a two game homestand against AFC West rivals (San Diego in Week 5 and Kansas City in Week 6). The Ravens will host the nearby Washington Redskins at home next Sunday.
AN NFL RECORD
Last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, K Sebastian Janikowski connected on his 53rd field goal of 50-or-more yards, setting the all-time NFL record. Having converted 53-of-94 (56.4 percent) field goals from at least 50 yards out, Janikowski has now also attempted more field goals from that distance than any kicker in NFL history. In the game, Janikowski also passed Ryan Longwell for 14th all-time in points scored and attempted his 500th career field goal in regular season and postseason play.
• In his 17 NFL seasons, Janikowski has made at least two field goals of 50-or-more yards 12 times. His career percentage from 50-plus yards is 56.4 percent (53-of-94), including connecting on 1-of-2 from distance this season.
• In Week 11 of 2015 at Detroit, Janikowski connected on a 56- yard field goal for his third 50-yarder of the season. He has connected on at least three field goals of 50-plus yards in an NFLrecord 10 straight seasons (2006-15), looking for two more in the 2016 campaign to make it 11 consecutive seasons.
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Overview: The Baltimore Ravens are led by Head Coach John Harbaugh, now in his ninth season at the helm of the Ravens. Harbaugh has his team off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2009, in which the team reached the postseason. Plagued with injuries in 2015, the Ravens finished with a record of 5-11, marking Harbaugh's only losing season in Baltimore. Harbaugh has led the Ravens to the postseason in six of his eight seasons with the team, including a Super Bowl XLVII title.
Offense: QB Joe Flacco enters his ninth season in the NFL, which includes six 3,000-yard passing seasons. In Week 3, Flacco was one completion away from tying the NFL record for consecutive completions in a game (22), still breaking his own Ravens' record of 14-straight completions, which he set in 2009. Newcomer WR Mike Wallace has caught all three of the team's receiving touchdowns in his first season with Baltimore, while recording 166 yards on 10 catches (16.6 avg.). In his ninth year, veteran RB Justin Forsett ranks second on the team with 31 carries for 98 yards (3.2 avg.). WR Steve Smith Sr. has recorded 16 receptions for 170 yards (10.6 avg.) with a 31-yard long.
Defense: The Ravens defense posted a strong performance in Week 3, holding the Jacksonville Jaguars to 216 total yards of offense. The run defense allowed an impressive 2.3 yards per carry on 21 attempts for 48 yards, the least since holding the Miami Dolphins to 22 rushing yards on Oct. 6, 2013. Baltimore has recorded five interceptions on the year, with ILB C.J. Mosley posting two of them. OLB Terrell Suggs, now in his 14th season, is tied for the team lead in sacks, along with DT Timmy Jernigan, with three.
• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio was the linebackers coach for Baltimore from 1999-2001, helping the Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV.
• Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson played three seasons with the Ravens from 1999-2001.
• Raiders G/T Kelechi Osemele was originally selected by the Ravens in the second round (60th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Osemele spent four years in Baltimore, starting all 51 games he played with the team.
• Raiders S Brynden Trawick signed as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens in 2013 and went on to appear in 38 games over his three years in Baltimore.
• Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman was with the Raiders from 2001-2003, when he helped the team to a Super Bowl XXXVII appearance as Oakland's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
• Ravens linebackers coach Don Martindale got his start in the NFL as the linebackers coach in Oakland from 2004-08.
• Ravens C Jeremy Zuttah and Raiders T Donald Penn spent six years (2008-13) on the same offensive line with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
• Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave (quarterbacks) worked with Ravens special teams coordinator/associate head coach Jerry Rosburg (special teams coordinator) in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons.
• Raiders special teams coordinator Brad Seely (special teams coach) coached with Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees (linebackers/defensive coordinator) from 2005-2008 in New England.
• Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh (tight ends) and Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri (defensive line/assistant head coach) coached together at Pittsburgh in 1987.
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• Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley and Raiders WR Amari Cooper were teammates at Alabama for two years (2012-2013), where the two helped Alabama win a BCS National Championship in 2012.
• Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri (defensive ends) worked with Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan (2011-2013) at Florida State where they won the BCS National Championship in 2013.
• Raiders RB Latavius Murray and Ravens WR Kamar Aiken were teammates at UCF for two years from 2009-10. Murray was also teammates with Ravens WR Breshad Perriman in 2012.
• Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore and Raiders LB Cory James were teammates from 2011-13 at Colorado State.
• Ravens RB Justin Forsett played four years at Cal where he finished his career ranked third in school history with 3,220 rushing yards on 567 carries (5.7 avg.) and fourth with 26 rushing touchdowns.
• Before entering the league with Baltimore, Ravens offensive assistant Matt Weiss spent four years (2005-08) with Stanford as a graduate assistant from 2005-07 and defensive and special teams assistant in 2008.
• Raiders LS Jon Condo played four years at Maryland (2001-04) appearing in 38 straight games as the team's primary long snapper.
• Ravens quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg attended Oak Grove High School in San Jose, Calif., where he earned Northern California High School Player of the Year honors as a senior.