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The Ravens trampled the NFL's 31st-ranked rushing defense , piling up 242 yards on the ground Sunday in a 34-17 victory that only magnified the Raiders' defensive shortcomings.It didn't matter that Baltimore was starting a rookie quarterback in Lamar Jackson, or had a backfield that included undrafted rookie free agent Gus Edwards. Jackson's ability to use his feet kept Oakland guessing and Edwards rushed for 118 yards, his second 100-yard game in as many weeks."When you can establish the inside run, the perimeter offense, all the bells and whistles with Jackson, they're very hard to defend," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "You've got to stop the inside run or you have no chance to stop everything else."The Raiders (2-9) were right there with the Ravens until the third quarter. Baltimore took the kickoff and ground out a 13-play drive that featured 12 runs, lasted nearly seven minutes and ended with a 5-yard touchdown run by Jackson for a 20-10 lead.Oakland answered with a touchdown, but had no response to Baltimore's next run-heavy march 鈥?a 17-play marathon that lasted 8 minutes, 53 seconds and stretched into the fourth quarter."They took over the game," Gruden said. "Credit to them."The Raiders knew Jackson was going to run. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville can throw the ball well enough Sam Koch Jersey , but his strength is in his legs."We were prepared for that, but it's just about execution," Oakland linebacker Marquel Lee said. "We have to execute better as a whole. We gave up too many big plays, and that's what ended up hurting us. We didn't stop the run well today. We've got to go back to the drawing board and fix it."The Raiders did get two interceptions, one apiece by Marcus Gilchrist and Reggie Nelson , but Jackson threw for 178 yards and a score in his second NFL start.When on offense, the Raiders turned to quarterback Derek Carr to keep pace with Baltimore's relentless attack.Unfortunately, the offense line couldn't give him ample space and time to find receivers. Carr was 16 of 34 for 194 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked on three consecutive fourth-quarter plays by Matthew Judon, the first resulting in Terrell Suggs' 43-yard fumble return for a TD."I don't ever remember that happening before," Carr said of the sack-sack-sack sequence.Carr hobbled off the field with a tender ankle Cheap Maxx Williams Jersey , the results of the beating he took from the league's top-ranked defense. But he vowed to return next Sunday for a grudge match against the Kansas City Chiefs."I can tell you right now, I am playing next week," he declared. "I am not sure what it will feel like, but I will be out there on the field."Top three Ravens to watch in the Hall of Fame Game With less than a week until the Ravens face the Bears in the 2018 Hall of Fame Game, here is a breakdown of the most important players to keep an eye on for Baltimore. Lamar JacksonThe most obvious name to look for is rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson dazzled the nation at Louisville with his incredible athletic ability. All eyes will be on him to see if he can translate his success to the NFL, which was a polarizing topic surrounding Jackson entering the draft, with many experts questioning his accuracy throwing the football. Joe Flacco is firmly at the helm of the quarterback position right now, but the preseason will be a good indicator of just how pro-ready Jackson is at this stage.It’s unclear if Jackson or Robert Griffin III will start this Thursday, but both should see plenty of playing time against Chicago. Eyes everywhere will be glued to Jackson when the former Heisman-winning quarterback takes his first snaps against an opposing NFL defense. The Jackson versus Flacco debate will either begin to slowly wither or explode after this game.Breshad PerrimanThe fourth-year wideout and former first-round pick will have to shine during the preseason to have a chance at making the final 53-man roster. With a complete overhaul of the wide receiver room this offseason, Perriman suddenly finds himself on the outside looking in as the 2018 season looms. The Ravens usually only keep five to six receivers on the roster, and with Michael Crabtree Cheap Marlon Humphrey Jersey , John Brown, Willie Snead and Chris Moore being locks to make the team, this leaves Perriman to battle Tim White, Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott for the final few spots. Perriman will have to showcase reliable hands above anything else if he wants to stay in Baltimore.With White currently leading the returner competition, and the Ravens most likely looking to keep at least one of their rookie receivers on the roster, Perriman will have an uphill battle to prove he belongs on the team. Baltimore hates to give up on first-round picks, but Perriman’s leash is growing ever shorter as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.Orlando Brown Jr.Orlando Brown “Zeus” Jr., third-round pick and son of former Raven Orlando Brown, is another player to watch closely against the Bears. Brown was drafted to play right tackle for Baltimore, but if he shows he is not quite ready for the pro level, then recently re-signed James Hurst will likely take over the position. Hurst has an infamously bad reputation for his play at tackle for the Ravens Cheap Justin Tucker Jersey , so Brown stepping up and winning the job would be the optimal outcome for Baltimore’s offensive line.Brown’s college tape at Oklahoma showed a dominant mammoth of a tackle, but his historically bad combine performance brought his lack of athleticism to the forefront as a major concern. Brown will have to display solid footwork and technique, while using his size to his advantage against opposing edge rushers to prove that he is capable of playing as an NFL caliber right tackle.Honorable mentions: WR/KR Tim White, WR/KR Janarion Grant, QB Robert Griffin III, DE Zach Sieler, ILB Kenny Young, S DeShon Elliot, WR Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley.

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