Baltimore Sun staff predicts the Ravens-Raiders game
Sep 29, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Baltimore Sun Ravens' editor Mark Selig offers his prediction for Sunday's matchup between the Ravens and the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank stadium. (Baltimore Sun video)
Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: Ravens 27, Raiders 24 More opportunistic on defense, the Ravens have already flipped the script this year on the Jaguars and Browns. They'll do the same against the Raiders with the Ravens' inconsistent offense finally breaking out against the league's worst-ranked defense.
Edward Lee, Ravens reporter:Raiders 20, Ravens 17 Oakland has not fared well in the past on the East Coast, especially playing 1 p.m. games. But injuries are beginning to take a toll on the Ravens, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. I don't see a less-than-healthy offense scoring enough points to keep up with a high-powered Raiders offense.
Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: Ravens 24, Raiders 21 Oakland has a strong offense, but the Raiders will have some problems scoring against the Ravens defense. The Ravens have struggled offensively, but the Raiders have the worst pass defense in the NFL. Ravens QB Joe Flacco struggles at times, but he always heats up at some time during the game. During that period, the Ravens will score enough points to beat the Raiders. Plus, the Raiders have been known to struggle playing on the East Coast.
Mark Selig, Ravens editor: Raiders 24, Ravens 20 The Raiders are a team on the rise, and a road win at Baltimore is just the thing they need to solidify themselves as serious playoff contenders. The Ravens can't get away with the same offensive lulls they've had the first three weeks. This game's a toss-up, and for once the Ravens won't make the game-changing play they need down the stretch.
Childs Walker, reporter: Ravens 23, Raiders 21 The Ravens learned last year the Raiders are no longer a team to be overlooked. Neither team has been dominant so it makes sense to go with the home team in a close game.
Jen Badie, editor: Ravens 30, Raiders 20 Oakland has defeated the struggling Saints and Titans, putting their offense second in the league with 436 yards per game. But the Baltimore defense is also ranked second in fewest yards allowed per game with 254, and should hold Derek Carr somewhat in check. This might be the game where the Ravens offense breaks out with a lot of points: As good as the Raiders offense is, their defense is at the bottom of the league and is allowing 340 passing yards a game.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: Ravens 26, Raiders 20 The Raiders are the toughest team the undefeated Ravens will have played thus far, but they will be coming across country for the second week in a row after winning a one-possession game against the Tennessee Titans last week. The Ravens usually get it done at home, and they figure to have a really fired-up crowd after two straight road wins.