The Ravens return home after a month to take on the Raiders. Last Sunday, the Ravens squeaked out a win over the Browns and the Raiders lost a shootout to the Buccaneers in Oakland.
However, during their loss Sunday, the Raiders lost two running backs to ankle injuries. The running backs are star Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson. That stems the running game for Oakland and will help the Ravens.
Baltimore is banged up on the front line so the fewer run plays they have to deal with, the better for them. The Ravens have struggled defending the run this season and Haloti Ngata is dealing with a shoulder injury.
The Baltimore offense seems to play better at home than they do on the road. I expect the Ravens to run the ball against and Oakland defense that gave up 251 yards and four touchdowns to rookie Doug Martin of Tampa Bay. Ray Rice is a veteran and knows he can run through the Oakland defense.
This is also the time of year the Ravens really run the ball with the weather changing. Ba...