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Instant analysis from the Ravens' 28-27 loss to the Raiders

Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston talks about the Ravens 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: The Ravens lost their first game of the 2016 season, but overall I was impressed with the effort. I think they are going to be a good football team before the season is over -- barring injuries. I saw a lot of things that I liked against a competitive Oakland team, but the Ravens have some cleaning up to do, especially with the penalties. I feel better about this team now than in their previous three wins. I will get more into that later in my column. But there really is such a thing as a good loss.

Mark Selig, Ravens editor: Where did that come from? Even after a third quarter in which the Ravens dominated the ball (but only scored seven points), it appeared the team simply didn't have a potent enough offense to make up for penalties and turnovers. Then Steve Smith Sr.'s vintage stiff arm energized the game. Though the Ravens lost, they played one of their best halves of the season. The difference in the game was their offensive line, which, on passing plays, was overmatched to the point that it's a minor miracle Joe Flacco made it out with all his limbs intact.

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Edward Lee, Ravens reporter: The Ravens waited too long to get their offense in gear, going deep into the third quarter before getting their first touchdown of the game. Terrance West shined in his first start, but Joe Flacco took a beating thanks to some poor pass protection. And the defense failed to protect a 6-point lead in the final four minutes.

Childs Walker, reporter: This was a day for the Ravens to answer questions about how good they are against a legitimately talented, winning team. Their defense passed the test, largely containing a Raiders attack that came in second in the league in total yardage. Their offense, on the other hand, stumbled for much of the day against one of the league's worst defenses. On the plus side, Terrance West played well, gaining more than 100 yards in his first start at running back. But an offensive line with two starters missing struggled to protect quarterback Joe Flacco and committed far too many penalties. You can never question this team's resilience, however. They find ways to make every game close.

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Ron Fritz, sports editor: The Ravens have been flirting with a loss every game this season and they finally faced a team good enough to beat them. It's unusual for the Ravens to lose at home, but the constant pressure put on quarterback Joe Flacco was too much to overcome. The Ravens need to figure out their offensive line issues -- and fast -- or the season can get lost quickly. The second half of their schedule is brutal.

Peter Schmuck, columnist: This was a game the Ravens should not have lost, and they know that. They committed too many penalties, including a couple of very stupid ones on the same play by Mike Wallace. They turned the ball over at a key moment. And, despite a decent defensive performance, they allowed the Raiders to walk down the field and win the game in the fourth quarter. There were some good things that happened, but it was very much a team loss.

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