Raiders 6

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Ravens 28

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 17, 2006

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 0 3 0 36
BAL 9 7 2 1028

Top Performers

Passing: A. Walter (OAK) - 162 YDS, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Lewis (BAL) - 19 CAR, 70 YDS

Receiving: D. Mason (BAL) - 5 REC, 46 YDS

Oakland (0-1) at Baltimore (1-0)

Oakland (0-1) at Baltimore (1-0) Sunday 1:00 pm EDT

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- The last team Oakland Raiders coach Art Shell needs to see is the Baltimore Ravens.

The second tour of duty for Shell, which is already off to a brutal start, continues on Sunday when the Raiders visit the Baltimore Ravens.

Oakland managed just 129 total yards and yielded nine sacks in a dreadful 27-0 season-opening loss to the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.

Aaron Brooks, who was signed to replace Kerry Collins, completed just six passes and was sacked seven times. Brooks is more mobile than Collins, but even he had no chance to escape San Diego's potent pass rush.

Shell shuffled the offensive line, moving Robert Gallery from right tackle to left tackle, sliding Barry Sims inside to guard, switching Langston Walker to right tackle and inserting rookie Paul McQuistan, a third-round pick out of Weber State, at right guard. But they were dominated by the Chargers' front seven.

Now they have to face the Ravens, who evoked memories of their 2000 Super Bowl-winning season with a dominant defensive performance last week in a 27-0 victory over Tampa Bay, the reigning NFC South champion.

The Ravens limited the Buccaneers to 142 total yards and intercepted Chris Simms three times. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis, a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, had seven tackles and a sack, and two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.

Even rookie defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, the Ravens' first-round pick in 2006, got into the act with a 60-yard interception return that led to the first of Matt Stover's two field goals.

Last year, the Ravens ranked fifth in the NFL in defense despite missing Lewis for 10 games with a torn hamstring and safety Ed Reed, the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, for six games with a high ankle sprain. Reed also had an interception in the win over the Buccaneers and linebacker Bart Scott collected two sacks.

But the biggest ovation on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium should go to Steve McNair, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback who was acquired by the Ravens from Tennessee in June.

McNair set the tone last week by directing a 14-play, 80-yard drive which consumed more than nine minutes and resulted in a four-yard touchdown run by Jamal Lewis.

McNair was mistake-free throughout, completing 17-of-27 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown.

While McNair spreads the ball around between receivers Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton and tight end Todd Heap, Brooks will try to get the ball to Randy Moss, who had just four catches for 47 yards in the loss to San Diego.

Last year, Moss and Jery Porter provided the Raiders with a formidable tandem. Porter had 76 catches for 942 yards in 2005, but wants to be traded and was deactivated for the opener.

Moss will have a difficult time finding space in a secondary which features Reed, McAlister and cornerback Samari Rolle.


Passing Leaders

D. Carr58.132702112
M. McGloin63.212912
J. Flacco62.139862712

Rushing Leaders

D. McFadden1555343.42
L. Murray824245.22
J. Forsett23512665.48
B. Pierce933663.92

Receiving Leaders

A. Holmes4769314.74
J. Jones736669.16
S. Smith Sr.79106513.56
T. Smith4976715.711

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsOAK
Yards PassingOAK
Yards RushingOAK
Yards AllowedOAK
Pass Yds AllowedOAK
Rush Yds AllowedOAK

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 1-1
Dec 14, 2003OAK 20, BAL 12