The Oakland Raiders unveiled the blueprint for beating the Ravens last Sunday, and it's the same one used in previous seasons.

If a team has a quality quarterback and decent receivers then it stands a good chance of defeating the Ravens because they struggle in coverage and can't manufacture a consistent pass rush off the edge.


The Ravens (3-1) got a break in three of the first four games this year. Buffalo didn't have a top passer and neither did Jacksonville, even though both had one quality receiver. Cleveland had nothing.

But Oakland had a good quarterback in Derek Carr and two top receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. And the Ravens lost, 28-27.

In the next 12 games the Ravens get Pro Bowl quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger twice each, and face Kirk Cousins, Eli Manning and Tom Brady, as well as top rookies Dak Prescott (if Tony Romo isn't back from injury by Week 11) and Carson Wentz.

The list of top receivers the Ravens will face includes superstars Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr.

But before we go too far into the future, let's look back and give out grades for the first quarter of the season.

Click through the photos above to see how each position group grades out.

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