The Ravens will enter week three at 0-2 for the first time since 2005.
That’s in part due to their awful effort Sunday in Oakland in which their defense allowed Derek Carr to march down the field and score a late TD in a stunning 37-33 win.
Joe Flacco threw for 384 yards and two scores but just missed an open Steve Smith Sr. in the end zone to force Baltimore to settle for a field goal before Oakland’s winning drive.
Flacco then threw a late interception that sealed it for the Raiders, who just a week ago were blown out at home by the Bengals.
Carr bounced back from a big mistake in which he threw a late pick that could have helped the Ravens get the win.
Instead, he went 7 for 9 for 65 yards on the winning drive. He was helped by a personal foul on Timmy Jernigan and a hold on Will Hill III that negated an interception on the play before the touchdown that gave the Raiders the win.
The dagger was a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 26 seconds left to send the Ravens home a loser on a day in which they should have won with ease if it were not for self-inflicted wounds.
”Right now we’re not playing good enough as a team to win football games,” Flacco said. ”That’s what happens, you lose games.”
In their first game without LB Terrell Suggs, the Raiders gained 448 yards – more than twice what Baltimore allowed to Peyton Manning and the Broncos in a 19-13 loss last week.
”You can’t replace a Hall of Fame-caliber player,” defensive end Chris Canty said. ”We understood the challenge that was ahead of us. We understood that we had to find guys and guys had to step up. Quite frankly, we took a step backward.”
The Ravens had overcome two 10-point deficits, but were unable to close the deal against a team they should have beaten.
They come home for the Bengals in a game in now is a must-win next Sunday.