Oakland Raiders: Keys To Victory Over Baltimore Ravens

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August 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) and offensive line coach Mike Tice (back) celebrate after the Raiders scored a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Start Fast, Don’t Look Back

The Raiders got off to a slow, lumbering, and ugly start against Cincinnati last week. By the time Oakland looked up, the Bengals were leading 33-0. An even worse statistic is the fact that the Raiders ran their very first play in Bengal territory at the start of the fourth quarter.

It’s mind boggling to think that a professional football team played three quarters of the game between their endzone and the 50 yard line. But it happened and it happened to the Raiders last week.

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  • Against Baltimore, the Raiders absolutely, positively, cannot afford to get off to that same slow, lumbering, stuck in molasses start. The Raiders need to start fast and then get even faster as the game goes on.

    To do that, the offense is going to need to come out clicking from the opening gun. Derek Carr is going to have to spread the ball around and make use of his receivers, his tight ends, and his running backs. Carr and the offense cannot afford to have him lock in on Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray alone. He is going to have to look for his other offensive weapons to keep the Ravens on their heels and guessing which way the next big strike is coming.

    If he locks in on just Cooper and Murray, he is going to allow that Ravens defense to take them out of the game and make the offense one dimensional – which would again, be vintage 2014.

    From their first offensive series onward, the Raiders have to put their foot on the gas and never let up.

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