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Ravens set points record in 55-20 rout of Raiders

  • Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice runs into the end zone for a touchdown past Oakland Raiders defenders in the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE — Based on their performance in a 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Oakland Raiders know where they need to improve.

Everywhere. Offense, defense and special teams.

"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 after Sunday's defeat. "When you do those things, it generally results in something like that."

Even a first-year coach like Allen had little trouble pinpointing the litany of miscues that befell the Raiders, who equaled a franchise record for most points allowed, set in 1961 and matched in 1981. Oakland (3-6) has given up a total of 97 points in the last two weeks, and the Raiders have yielded at least 40 points in successive games for the first time since 1962.

"That's just the way it's working for us," wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said. "We go to work every day trying to get better in every area. Right now, it's just not happening. But the plan is to always try to fix that."


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