1:00 PM EST, November 8, 2012
Ravens 27, Raiders 7
This one could get ugly early. The Ravens don't lose at home. Oakland is a lousy team. Plus Raiders' RB Darren McFadden has a high ankle sprain and Oakland's run D made Tampa Bay's Doug Martin (251 yards rushing, four TDs) look like Jim Brown last week.
Ravens 34, Raiders 20
I'm buying into the theory that West Coast teams don't fare very well in 1 p.m. games on the East Coast. And we all know how well the Ravens play at home.
Ravens 20, Raiders 14
Neither team can play run defense, but the Ravens are more diversified on offense. Plus, the Raiders have not played well in Baltimore since the Ravens began play here in 1996.
Ravens 31, Raiders 23
The defense remains vulnerable and the Raiders are capable of exploiting it, but the Ravens don't lose at home to teams like the Raiders.
Ravens 34, Raiders 23
There is nothing like home cooking for a Ravens offense that has struggled the past two weeks on the road. They should be able to move the ball at will against the dysfunctional Raiders. Carson Palmer will pile up the passing yards, but the defense will make stops when they need them in a 11-point win.
Ravens 35, Raiders 24
Ravens, Joe Flacco outduel old nemesis in Carson Palmer as shootout ensues with Raiders rendered one-dimensional due to Darren McFadden high-ankle sprain.
Ravens 27, Raiders 17
It won't be a cakewalk, but at home, the Ravens should be able to have their way with the banged up Raiders and enjoy a relatively drama-free victory. With the Pittsburgh Steelers looming, it's time for Joe Flacco to find his rhythm again.
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