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Ravens set points record in 55-20 rout of Raiders

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Ravens set points record in 55-20 rout of Raiders

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens waited two months to put together a complete game.

It finally happened, in record-breaking fashion, and the timing couldn't have been better.

Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, Jacoby Jones ran a kickoff 105 yards, and Baltimore set a club record for points in a 55-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

It was a rare blowout for the AFC North-leading Ravens, who won their previous five games by a total of 23 points.

Next up: The Pittsburgh Steelers on the road next Sunday night.

``We focused all week on the Raiders, but in the back of our minds we knew the Steelers were coming,'' offensive tackle Michael Oher said. ``It's always good when you can score a lot of points. It's something to build on.''

The Ravens (7-2) scored on six of their first seven possessions, special teams contributed two touchdowns and Torrey Smith caught TD passes of 47 and 20 yards.

And the defense did its part, even though defensive tackle Haloti Ngata sat out the game with a bruised shoulder and cornerback Jimmy Smith stayed on the sideline with a groin injury. Baltimore was already without injured linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb.

``It's a confidence booster on all ends,'' running back Ray Rice said. ``When you have a defense without Haloti and Ray Lewis, you can see those guys really stepped up. In addition, offense excelled in the pass today.''

Burned for 251 yards on the ground last week by Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin in a 42-32 defeat, Oakland shored up its run defense to stop Rice. So Flacco went to the air, repeatedly hitting tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson over the middle in the first half before going long and outside to Smith in the third quarter.

Flacco went 21 for 33 and did not play in the fourth quarter.

Rice ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He finished the afternoon with 5,034 yards rushing for his career, joining Jamal Lewis as the only players in Ravens history to top 5,000.

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.''

It all added up to the Ravens' most lopsided win since a 44-13 dismantling of Cincinnati in the season opener.

Baltimore led 27-10 at halftime. In the third quarter, Smith scored twice and holder Sam Koch scored on a fake field goal to make it 48-17.

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. They haven't been 7-2 since 2006.

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.

Baltimore didn't punt until the third quarter, and even that turned out well. Phillip Adams fumbled, the Ravens recovered the ball and Flacco promptly threw a touchdown pass to Smith.

Later in the quarter, Koch ran 7 yards for a touchdown to cap a 74-yard drive.

NOTES: Oakland LB Travis Goethel left in the first quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Oakland CB Michael Huff was kicked in calf, and S Matt Giordano and TE Brandon Myers sustained concussions. ... Baltimore is 7-1 against Oakland (including playoffs) and 5-0 at home. ... Jones is the first Ravens player to have two KO returns for TDs.

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Steve Smith bashes Dolphins for complaining about grass field

Steve Smith bashes Dolphins for complaining about grass field

OWINGS MILLS – As if wearing a Yoda costume to his Wednesday media session wasn’t enough, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. had a retort for Dolphins players who complained about the condition of the grass field at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Sounds like Miami was complaining about it, so you want to know what the players think on the Ravens” said Smith. “Since Miami got their ass whupped (38-6), of course they’re going to complain about it. But it looked pretty good for us.

“And I’ve been in Miami. They shouldn’t be barking when they just started putting grass on half of the field, when they had the dirt and the baseball. Beggars, again, can’t be choosy.”

Sunday's game is over, but Smith is still dishing out punishment to the Dolphins. 

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Steve Smith Sr. showed up in a Yoda costume to address the media

Steve Smith Sr. showed up in a Yoda costume to address the media

Steve Smith Sr. is a known funny guy, but he took things to another level while addressing the media Wednesday.

Smith showed up wearing a Yoda costume.

"At the holiday helper event, they had it," Smith said. "It’s been a few decades since I wore a onesie. I tried it on. I bought it. So I got to use it. It was raining yesterday, kind of gloom and doom. I try not to waste money."  

Smith was also seen wearing the costume earlier this week in a department store.

Maybe Smith is a huge Star Wars fan. Or maybe he's been doing this for no reason at all. Either way, it's kind of awesome.