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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens enjoyed a record-setting day at the expense of the mistake-prone Oakland Raiders, who matched a dubious franchise mark that had not been broached in over three decades.
Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, Jacoby Jones ran a kickoff back for 105 yards, and Baltimore set a club record for points in a 55-20 rout Sunday.
Asked how such a thing could happen, coach John Harbaugh replied, “I have no answer for that. Sometimes it just goes that way, right? Our guys made some plays.”
Flacco and the resurgent Baltimore offense made it look easy against the struggling Raiders (3-6), who have yielded at least 40 points in two straight games for the first time since 1962. The 55 points tied an Oakland record for points allowed, set in 1961 and matched in 1981.
“We had too many mental errors on defense, gave up too many big plays, we turned the ball over too many times and we didn’t execute on special teams,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “When you do those things, it generally results in something like that.”
In the fourth quarter, Jones scored on a kickoff return for the second time this season for a 55-20 lead. Baltimore’s previous record for points in a game was 48, against Detroit in December 2009.
“Obviously, we had success,” said Flacco, who also ran for a score. “We ran the game plan and it worked well. We stuck with it. We scored points early and continued to score them.”
Baltimore has 15 straight home wins, the longest current streak in the NFL.
Carson Palmer went 29 for 45 for 368 yards and two touchdowns for Oakland. He was mercifully pulled in the fourth quarter.
“Rough, rough, rough, rough game,” Palmer said. “We didn’t play any good in any facet of the game. Came in and got outplayed by a good football team. It’s very frustrating. We got to put this one in our rear view mirror, because it’s going to be a tough one to get past.”
Playing without injured running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, the Raiders gained only 72 yards on the ground.
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