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Flacco, Ravens blitz Raiders, 55-20

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BALTIMORE -- The Oakland Raiders outgained the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, putting up 422 total yards to Baltimore's 419.

You sure wouldn't know that by looking at the scoreboard, however.

Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and accounted for four touchdowns -- three passing, one rushing -- as the Baltimore Ravens routed the Oakland Raiders 55-20.

The Ravens set a team record for most points in a game, and posted the largest point total of any NFL team this season. They did it with Flacco playing just three quarters before giving way to backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

"We started fast, we finished well and we played pretty good in between, which we haven't always done" Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "So that's a good step in the right direction."

Torrey Smith had two touchdown receptions, tight end Dennis Pitta had one, running back Ray Rice added a touchdown on the ground and Jacoby Jones ran a kickoff back 105 yards for a score.

Punter Sam Koch even got in on the act for the Ravens, running in a fake field goal for a seven-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

"They gave us the look that we wanted, and it opened up," said Koch, who notched his first career touchdown. "The guys up front did a great job blocking."

Baltimore improves to 7-2 on the season, while the Raiders drop to 3-6 with their second straight loss. Oakland now has allowed 97 points in its last two games.

"The outcome like that is unacceptable," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. "We have to do better. We have to look at that and see what we can do to give ourselves a better chance."

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 368 yards and Denarius Moore had 90 receiving yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. The Raiders scored on four of their 14 drives, while the Ravens had nine scores on their 14 possessions, including the Jones kickoff return for a touchdown.

"They kept scoring and we couldn't keep up," Palmer said. "With all the penalties and mental errors we had, there's no way we're going to beat a playoff team on their field."

The Ravens didn't punt once during a heavily offensive first half, which saw Flacco and Palmer put up 423 passing yards between them.

Baltimore jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead, thanks to a 48-yard field goal by Justin Tucker and a Flacco one-yard touchdown run, which was set up by a 40-yard reception by tight end Ed Dickson.

A Sebastian Janikowski 32-yard field goal after a Michael Huff interception cut into the Ravens' lead, but Flacco responded by engineering an 80-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a five-yard touchdown hookup with Pitta.

Palmer connected with Darrius Heyward-Bey on a 55-yard touchdown, trimming the Ravens' lead to 20-10.

But Baltimore hit back with an 80-yard touchdown drive just before the half, with Rice scampering in from seven yards out to make it 27-10 at the break.

Notes: Raiders running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were inactive for the Raiders, leaving fullback Marcel Reece as Oakland's starting tailback. Reece rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries. ... Rice eclipsed 5,000 career rushing yards on a first-quarter run. The fifth-year back also topped 2,500 career receiving yards Sunday. ... Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is likely out for the season with a torn triceps, was on the sideline, attending a game for the first time since suffering undergoing surgery Oct. 17.
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