OAKLAND, CALIF. — A Ravens secondary that in its 2015 debut held future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos to 175 yards and no touchdowns put the team's defensive issues — and by proxy the 37-33 loss that sent them to 0-2 for the first time in a decade — on their own shoulders Sunday.
"Secondary, we'll take this one," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "We just gave up [too much], made too many mistakes."
When asked to elaborate, Webb gave a litany of reasons why a group that looked so strong in the season opener struggled so badly against the Raiders, who a week earlier threw for most of their 203 yards late in a blowout loss to the Ravens' next opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals.
"We'll take it because we gave up too many big plays, and if we didn't give them a big play, we gave them a pass interference or something that extended a drive," Webb said. "I feel like if we had worked on our big plays, keeping it in front of us, playing the technique so we don't have to do pass interference, they wouldn't have gotten some of those points that they got. I can't say the outcome of the game, but I know a few of those balls wouldn't have been completed. We've just got to keep working."
The issues began early when rookie receiver Amari Cooper got behind star cornerback Jimmy Smith for a 68-yard touchdown barely two minutes into the game. Receiver Michael Crabtree beat Webb for completions of 37 and 29 yards — the latter for a touchdown.
"[Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr] did a good job of getting the ball out fast, getting it to the playmakers," safety Kendrick Lewis said. "It was more of a space game, getting the ball in their playmakers hands and letting them run and make plays."
All told, the Carr threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns, with six passes longer than 20 yards against the Ravens secondary. Oakland converted nine third downs in 14 tries, all through the air, and every member of the secondary was called for either holding or pass interference at one point or another. According to Pro Football Focus, Lewis and Smith missed two tackles apiece.
"As well as we played last week, this was humbling today, to say the least," slot cornerback Kyle Arrington said.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.