The Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders suffered difficult losses in Week 1, and both are looking to get in the win column for the first time this year. Baltimore visits Oakland on Sunday in Week 2, as one of the teams will bounce back from their defeat in the 2015 season opener.
The Ravens forced Peyton Manning to have one of his worst games in recent memory, but their offense was so anemic that they left Denver with a six-point loss. The Raiders didn’t play well on either side of the ball, losing by 20 points to the Cincinnati Bengals in one of the NFL’s worst Week 1 performances.
Baltimore is a heavy favorite on the road, and only two teams are getting more points than Oakland in Week 2.
Oakland suffered a scare in the season opener when Derek Carr sat out for the majority of the game with a hand injury. But the ailment isn’t serious, and it won’t keep the quarterback out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Carr has been able to practice this week, and the Raiders won’t have to start Matt McGloin, who only threw for 142 yards on 31 pass attempts against Cincinnati.
The Raiders were forced to sign a free agent after Nate Allen was placed on injured reserve for tearing his MCL. Safety Taylor Mays is back with the team, following his release in the preseason. Mays played in all 16 games for the Bengals last season, recording a sack and nine tackles.
With Terrell Suggs out for the season with a torn Achilles, Baltimore looked outside of the organization to find his replacement. The team signed linebacker Jason Babin this week, who enters his 11th season. He didn’t make the New York Jets’ roster this preseason after playing in all 16 games for the team in 2014, recording 25 tackles and two sacks. Babin’s best year came in 2011 when he had 18 sacks.
Even though he didn’t play in Week 1 and was just signed a few days ago, Babin could play on Sunday. Baltimore decided to sign him over veteran linebacker Shaun Phillips, who also worked out with the team.
The Raiders are the only team to be a part of Sunday’s late-afternoon schedule for a second straight week. CBS will have the game at 4:05 p.m. ET, and fans who purchase NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV can watch the game with a live stream online.