Ravens beat the Raiders like it was a homecoming game

You know it's homecoming:

When Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer does his best Kyle Boller impression and trips over the foot of his right guard in the first series while dropping back to pass.

When more fans are watching Poe, the team mascot, in the stands in the fourth quarter than the game.

When the Raiders don't intercept a 47-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith which had more hang time than a Sam Koch punt.

When Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger has two sacks, two quarterback hurries and looks like Houston's J.J. Watt.

You know it's homecoming:

When you think the Three Stooges have passed on, but they are now named Miles Burris, Rolando McClain and Philip Wheeler, Oakland's starting linebackers.

When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is in such a zone that he starts screaming at a receiver (Jacoby Jones) publicly for the first time here in Baltimore which is long, long overdue.

When the Ravens get only four penalties and not one is on Harbaugh.

When the Raiders keep running delayed blitzes that don't work, and the Ravens start laughing about them in the huddle.

You know it's homecoming:

When the visiting team has given up 97 points in the past two games and is 1-4 on the road.

When Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda takes a large split from center Matt Birk which indicates a run, and then running back Ray Rice runs 7 yards untouched over Yanda for a touchdown.

When the Ravens have backup secondary players in the game like Chykie Brown and Corey Graham and the Raiders best passing play is a short 5-yard hitch.

When an inconsistent offense like the Ravens can go 80 yards on seven plays in 73 seconds for a touchdown.

And you know it was a homecoming game when six A's are given out in the The Baltimore Sun's report card.


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