RAVENS

PASSING GAME: The big play has been mostly absent lately from the Ravens' passing game with Joe Flacco completing only nine passes of 20 or more yards over the last four games. Speedy wide receiver Jacoby Jones has just four catches during that span and tight end Dennis Pitta has also seen his production decrease. However, Flacco has been a different quarterback at home, averaging 317.8 passing yards per game and throwing seven touchdowns to two interceptions.

RAIDERS

PASSING GAME: While the Ravens have said otherwise, Carson Palmer probably isn't the quarterback that he was when he used to torment the Ravens as a Cincinnati Bengal, beating them nine times in 13 games. But he still can make all the throws, evidenced by his 414 passing yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, and he's been sacked only 14 times. With deep threats in Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey (McDonogh), the Raiders' pass offense is ranked seventh in the NFL. Speed isn't an issue with this group.

(EDGE: EVEN)

RAVENS

RUNNING GAME: The Ravens ran the ball a season-high 37 times in last Sunday's 25-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns, and a heavy dose of Ray Rice and his rookie backup, Bernard Pierce, behind Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach will seemingly remain a big part of the offensive game plan as the weather gets colder. The Ravens are averaging 108.3 yard per game on the ground, which is 16th in the league. Rice is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and his six rushing touchdowns are tied for third in the NFL.

RAIDERS

RUNNING GAME: Averaging only 77.3 yards per game on the ground, the Raiders' second-to-last ranked running attack probably couldn't get any less potent. However, they may face the Ravens without their two top running backs. Darren McFadden (455 yards) and Mike Goodson (111 yards) have high ankle sprains and haven't practiced this week. Their absences would leave the running game in the hands of second-year back Taiwan Jones and fullback Marcel Reece who have two total carries this season.

(EDGE: RAVENS)

RAVENS

RUSH DEFENSE: Another game, another opposing runner eclipsing the 100-yard mark against the Ravens as Browns' rookie Trent Richardson gained 105 yards on 25 carries Sunday. The Ravens' run defense is allowing 139.5 yards per game, which is 28th in the NFL. The last time the Ravens held an opposing team to under 100 yards rushing was Week 4 against the Browns. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees sees improvement in this area, but there are still too many missed tackles and breakdowns.

RAIDERS

RUSH DEFENSE: All week, the Raiders have been reminded about how Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin gouged them for 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Tackling was the primary problem for the Raiders whose run defense is ranked 21st in the NFL, allowing 124.1 yards per game. The Raiders have also allowed 10 rushing touchdowns. Strong safety Tyvon Branch is the Raiders' leading tackler and linebacker Philip Wheeler has been their biggest playmaker.

(EDGE: EVEN)

RAVENS

PASS DEFENSE: Cary Williams leads the AFC with four interceptions and he and fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith played pretty well against the Browns, holding Cleveland to 176 passing yards and eliminating some of the coverage breakdowns. However, even the return of Terrell Suggs hasn't invigorated the pass rush. Only four teams have fewer than the Ravens' 13 sacks. What's saved the Ravens is that they are allowing touchdowns on only 39.4 percent of trips into the red zone, the third stingiest mark in the NFL.

RAIDERS

PASS DEFENSE: This group has struggled to make any game-changing plays. The Raiders have just 11 sacks, the second fewest total in the league and their top sacker, former Patriot defensive tackle Richard Seymour, hasn't practiced much this week with knee and hamstring injuries. Oakland also has only five interceptions. Injuries have forced Pat Lee and Michael Huff into starting cornerback roles. Oakland is allowing 245.3 passing yards per game.

(EDGE: RAVENS)