Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Day Open Thread

Sep 25, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders fans cheer from the stands during the Raiders
Sep 25, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders fans cheer from the stands during the Raiders /

The Oakland Raiders are in Baltimore to take on the Ravens – a team they beat in a 37-33 thriller last season.

Success against the Baltimore Ravens hasn’t come easy for the Oakland Raiders. Though they clipped the Ravens last season in a shootout, the Raiders have won just two of the nine regular season games they’ve played against Baltimore. In fact, aside from last season, the last time the Raiders beat the Ravens was back in 2003.

Something else worth noting is that the Raiders have never beat the Ravens on their home field. Their two wins both came in Oakland.

But times have changed and these aren’t the same Raiders the Ravens used to delight in beating up on. This Raiders team comes into the game with the league’s second ranked offense. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Clive Walford, and their three headed beast in the backfield – Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, and Jalen Richard – present multiple ways to beat you and plenty of matchup problems.

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But these Ravens, as has been their staple seemingly forever, have the league’s second ranked defense. They’re stout and can really take it to people. They’ve forced half a dozen turnovers in their three games and that defense has led this squad to a 3-0 start.

The caveat to that undefeated start is, of course, they’ve feasted on the likes of Buffalo, Cleveland, and Jacksonville. Is this Ravens defense for real? Or simply feasting on bottom feeders?

We’ll know soon enough.

Out for the Raiders today are: Nate Allen, Taiwan Jones, Menelik Watson, Austin Howard, Connor Cook, Matt McCants, and Antonio Hamilton.

Out for the Ravens are: Sheldon Price, Justin Forsett, Kenneth Dixon, Will Davis, Willie Henry, Ronnie Stanley, and Matt Judon.

Will Kelechi Osemele have the last laugh today? Will the Raiders be able to find some running room against this stout defensive front? Will Carr and company light up Baltimore’s defense? Or will Baltimore’s defense assert their will and shut down Oakland’s dynamic offense?

A lot of questions and storylines floating around this game today pitting one of the league’s best offenses against one of the league’s best defenses. It should be entertaining.

What do you think? What are the most compelling storylines to you? How do you see this all playing out? This is your place to talk about all things Raiders. Talk about the game. Tell us what you see happening. Call your shot.

Step up, speak out, and be heard.