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Week 12 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 17, Baltimore Ravens 34


What you need to know

Oakland Raiders

-The lack of talent at wide receiver is a real problem. Raiders pass catchers struggled to separate.

-Doug Martin dominated carries and ran with some authority.

-Marcell Ateman received a huge share of the targets but his timing with Carr on the deep ball was off.

Baltimore Ravens

It was a tale of two halves for the Ravens offense. The Ravens went with a pass heavy approach in the first half and as a result Lamar Jackson had two passes intercepted. Both interceptions came off tipped passes but they were still ill advised attempts. The Ravens employed a run heavy attack in the second half and wore down the Raiders' defense. Gus Edwards was the primary workhorse and showed why he was earned the trust of John Harbaugh. Michael Crabtree and John Brown saw more involvement than the previous week and each contributed big plays. Mark Andrews had a 74 yard catch and run and will continue to see opportunities downfield. Ty Montgomery has taken over the number 2 running back spot as the change of pace and third down back.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 56 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 34 - 194 - 1 TD / 0 INT
It was another mediocre fantasy day for Carr. He isnít being put into position to succeed. The wide receivers did an extremely poor job of separating from the Baltimore cornerbacks and a couple long completions were called back due to offensive pass interference. The pass protection was again mediocre, especially once the Raiders fell behind. Carr was sacked three times and was forced to throw it away quite a few times as well. While the deck was stacked against him, Carr also has to shoulder some blame for the poor offensive performance. He had Marcell Ateman open deep down the field a couple of times and overthrew him. Some of that could be chalked up to a lack of chemistry and Carr overestimating Atemanís speed but Carr should know that he shouldnít lead a 4.6 guy the same way he would Amari Cooper. Even Carrís lone touchdown pass was unimpressive. Jared Cook was wide open on a busted coverage and Carr floated the ball behind him and too far outside, forcing Cook to twist around and make a difficult catch while falling down. The game was put away when Carr had his arm hit from behind, causing a fumble which was returned for a touchdown.

RB Doug Martin, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 51 - 1, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (4 targets)
Facing 2nd-and-goal from the 7-yard line on the opening drive, Martin made a nifty cut to elude a defender in the hole and kept his balance to drive to just shy of the end zone. The next play, he leaped over the pile and extended the ball with one hand for the 1-yard touchdown. It was popped out of his hand and initially ruled a fumble but on review was ruled a touchdown because he clearly crossed the line before it was knocked out. Martin had a nine-yard catch on a ball he bobbled twice before eventually securing. He has been fine as a receiver but clearly isnít as comfortable or dangerous catching the ball as the two younger backs. Martinís best run of the day was a 12-yard gain on a pitch sweep. He was able to get a head of steam and lowered his head to finish the run with power.

RB DeAndre Washington, 8 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
Washington caught a short pass and used a nasty spin move to elude the first tackler and pick up nine yards on the opening drive. He didnít see another target all game. With the state of the wide receiver corps, it would seem that getting the ball into Washingtonís hands in space should be a higher priority.

RB Jalen Richard, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)
With Doug Martin healthy, it was clear that last weekís bump in carries was just an outlier. Richard didnít have a chance on two screens thrown in his general direction.

WR Marcell Ateman, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (10 targets)
From a fantasy perspective, there was good news and bad news for Ateman. The positive was that he had a whopping 63% of the wide receiver targets and 29% target share overall, clearly operating as the WR1. The bad was that he managed just 1.8 yards per target, completely failing to take advantage of the massive opportunity he was presented with. The Raiders tried to get Ateman going on the opening drive with an easy completion on a short out route from the slot, but he dropped the perfect pass. While some of the struggles were on Ateman, the lack of success wasnít all his fault. He was credited with a target on a pass in his direction that Terrell Suggs leaped and almost intercepted at the line of scrimmage. A target on a deep post was thrown way too far in front of him. Ateman had some separation deep down he field on a play where Carr scrambled to buy time and might have been able to score a 59-yard touchdown but Carr overthrew him. Atemanís best play of the day came on a 3rd-and-10 where he caught the ball short of the marker but used his size to push the smaller corner back and pick up 11 yards. Carr went right back to him on the next 3rd and long and Ateman nearly made an impressive contested grab but dropped the ball as he went to the ground.

WR Seth Roberts, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0, Rec: 2 - 54 - 0 (3 targets)
Roberts had catches of 10 and 11 yards in the first minute of the game (one catch was later switched to a run because it was thrown slightly backwards), but saw just a few targets the final 59 minutes. He pulled in a long pass on a go route down the sideline, but was flagged for offensive pass interference due to pushing off late in the route. Roberts hauled in a 44-yard pass deep down the right sideline. He got behind the corner and held on despite taking a shot from the safety.

WR Jordy Nelson, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0 (1 targets)
Nelson looked slow on an end around that lost yardage. He also gained no separation at all on a deep ball that wasnít close to being completed .

TE Lee Smith, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 39 - 0 (2 targets)
Typically a blocking specialist and coming into the game with just seven catches on the season, Smith took on a slightly bigger pass-game role due to all the injuries. Both of his catches came on the opening drive, with a big 30-yard gain coming on a key 4th-down play. Off of play action, he was wide open and turned up field with a head of steam, getting chopped down inside the 10-yard line.

TE Jared Cook, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 32 - 1 (5 targets)
Cook had a bad drop along the sideline but Carr went right back to him on a very similar route the very next play and Cook was able to haul it in and explode up the field for a 16-yard gain. Cook made an impressive 25-yard diving catch down the sideline but he was flagged for pushing off. Cook made a spectacular grab for a 16-yard touchdown. He was open on a wheel route down the sideline but Carr threw a bad ball low and outside. Cook had to fall on his back and reach out with one hand to pull It in.


Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 25 - 178 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 11 - 71 - 1
The Ravens went with a pass heavy attack in the first half seemingly trying to compensate for the high number carries Jackson had the previous week against the Bengals. Jackson had only two first half carries and looked hesitant to scramble for yardage even when opportunities were there. Jackson absorbed a sack on the Ravens' opening series because he was looking downfield instead of trying to outrace the defender to the sideline. Jackson found success following the sack with completions to Crabtree and John Brown to set up a Justin Tucker field goal. Jackson then hit Mark Andrews in stride who got wide open behind the Raiders' secondary for a 74 yard gain. Jackson did well not to under or over throw the wide open receiver. The drive stalled in the red zone forcing another field goal attempt. On 3rd and 10 Jackson failed to see a defender underneath John Brown resulting in a tipped pass and interception. Jackson moved the Ravens into the red zone running the two minute offense before halftime. Jackson took a shot to Crabtree down the sideline who was well covered by Gareon Conley on the play. Conley made a spectacular play to bat the pass to his teammate for Jackson's second interception. The Ravens opened the second half focusing on the run game. Their opening drive touchdown consisted almost entirely of run plays including 3 by Lamar Jackson surpassing his first half total. Jackson capped the drive with a 5 yard dash to the end zone. Another drive fueled almost entirely by the run game moved the Ravens into scoring position again. Jackson capped the drive with an 8 yard touchdown to Crabtree who was running a slant. Jackson's best throw of the game was a 48 yard completion to John Brown on 3rd and 7 that was negated by penalty. Jackson hit Brown perfectly in stride with pressure in his face. Jackson gained the edge on a read option play and exploded down the sideline for a 39 yard run to help run out the clock.

RB Gus Edwards, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 23 - 118 - 0
Gus Edwards handled a full workload with Alex Collins sidelined with a foot injury. Edwards was very decisive and consistent on his carries. Edwards was rarely met at or behind the line of scrimmage and consistently gained 4 yards on his first down carries to keep the offense on track. Edwards followed a nice block at the second level from Matt Skura and slipped through two tackles on his way to a 19 yard gain. Edwards had 7 carries for 33 yards on the Ravens' opening possession of the second half. The Ravens noticed their game plan wasn't working and shifted their focus to Edwards and the run game. The Ravens gave Edwards a rest late in the game and allowed Ty Montgomery to close out the game in the 4 minute offense.

RB Ty Montgomery, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 51 - 0, Rec: 3 - 13 - 0 (3 targets)
Ty Montgomery had supplanted Buck Allen as the Raven number 2 back. Montgomery made his first catch in the flat for a gain of 6. Montgomery took a read option hand off around the edge for a 15 yard gain. Montgomery picked up 6 more yards on a check down from Jackson. Montgomery spun for an impressive 6 yard gain on 3rd and 5 showing the ability to run through tackles. Montgomery got 4 carries with the Ravens' running their 4 minute offense and totaled 24 yards to help seal the game.

WR Michael Crabtree, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 1 (6 targets)
Michael Crabtree made some plays against his former team but left a few opportunities on the field. Crabtree made a 10 yard catch running a comeback route on 3rd and 8. Crabtree had a sideline throw 15 yards downfield hit him in the hands but he appeared to be blinded by the sun and could not secure the pass. Crabtree was targeted downfield but was well covered by Gareon Conley on the play and the pass resulted in an interception. Crabtree beat his man to the inside running a slant and made an easy catch for an 8 yard touchdown.

WR John Brown, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 25 - 0 (7 targets)
John Brown could have had a much bigger game. Brown came wide open running a deep crossing route and made a nice move after the catch for a 25 yard gain. Lamar Jackson and Brown were just off on 3 pass attempts. Jackson missed Brown twice on passes that would have gone for modest gains and was also a little off target on a throw to the goal line. Brown had a 48 yard catch negated by an offensive holding penalty.

TE Hayden Hurst, 19 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (4 targets)
Hayden Hurst saw his most involvement in the Ravens offense and made some play. Hurst made an 11 yard catch running a curl over the middle. Hurst did well to secure the pass between two defenders. Hurst caught a shovel pass from Jackson for 9 yards. Hurst made a nice catch off of play action for 5 yards on 3rd and 5.

TE Mark Andrews, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 74 - 0 (1 targets)
Mark Andrews released downfield and got wide open with a nice swim move on his defender. Andrews made an easy catch and raced down the sideline for a 74 yard gain the longest play from scrimmage for the Ravens this season. Andrews showed his impressive speed on the play. Expect Andrews' involvement on offense to continue to grow.