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                    === Ravens erupt in rout of Raiders ===
 
 Baltimore,  MD (Sports  Network)  -  Joe Flacco  threw  for  341 yards,  three
 touchdowns  and one  interception on 21-of-33 passing  and ran for a TD as the
 Baltimore  Ravens  blasted the Oakland Raiders,  55-20, at M&T Bank Stadium on
 Sunday.
 
 Torrey  Smith caught  two touchdown passes for  a total of 67 yards and Dennis
 Pitta  added five  catches for 67 yards  and a score for the Ravens (7-2), who
 established a new franchise record for most points in one game.
 
 Ray  Rice ran for  35 yards and a score on 13 carries and Jacoby Jones chipped
 in  with a  105-yard kickoff return for a score in Baltimore's second straight
 win.
 
 "That  was a  heck of a team victory  in all three phases of the game," Ravens
 coach  John Harbaugh said.  "I was really pleased with the way we played today
 and the way we finished."
 
 Carson  Palmer  threw for 368  yards, two touchdowns  and one pick on 29-of-45
 passing,  while Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey added touchdown catches
 for the Raiders (3-6), who have lost two straight following a two-game winning
 streak.
 
 Marcel  Reece ran for 48 yards on 13 carries for Oakland, which played without
 running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson due to injury.
 
 "We  had  too many mental errors  on defense and  gave up too many big plays,"
 Raiders  coach Dennis Allen  said. "We turned the ball over too many times and
 didn't execute on special teams."
 
 Baltimore struck first on its opening possession. After a pair of short gains,
 Flacco  hit a wide-open Anquan Bolden for 11 yards on third down, bringing the
 ball to the Oakland 34.
 
 The  drive  stalled at  the 30 and  Justin Tucker banged  a 48-yard field goal
 attempt through the uprights, giving the Ravens a 3-0 lead.
 
 The Ravens extended the lead on their next drive. Facing a 3rd-and-10 from the
 Oakland  44, Flacco hit Ed Dickson over the middle for 40 yards to the Oakland
 four.  Two  plays later, Flacco pushed  his way across the goal line, widening
 the margin to 10-0 with 3:15 left in the quarter.
 
 With  the Ravens  backed up deep into their own territory, the Oakland defense
 came  up  with a big  play as Michael  Huff jumped in  front of a Flacco pass,
 giving his team excellent field position at the  Ravens' 19.
 
 The  Oakland  offense wasn't  able to punch  it into the  end zone though, and
 Sebastian  Janikowski was  good from 32 yards out, cutting the deficit to 10-3
 with 10:02 on the second quarter clock.
 
 Baltimore  had an  answer on its ensuing possession. On 2nd-and-7 Flacco found
 Jones  deep over the  middle for 47 yards. Two plays, later he hit Dickson for
 19  yards and  a key third-down conversion. The Delaware product capped the 6-
 play  drive  with a  5-yard  touchdown  strike  to  Pitta, widening  the  lead
 to 17-3.
 
 Facing a 1st-and-20 on the 37 with 6:14 to play before the half, Palmer's pass
 was  batted up in the air and picked off by Paul Kruger, giving the Ravens the
 ball at the Oakland 32.
 
 Baltimore  moved the  ball to the 16, where Tucker squeezed a 34-yarder inside
 the left upright, making it 20-3.
 
 Oakland  finally found the end zone with 1:37 to play in the opening half when
 Palmer connected with Heyward-Bey over the middle. Bey bounced off a hit by Ed
 Reed  and  galloped the rest  of the  way for a  55-yard touchdown and a 20-10
 game.
 
 But  the Ravens  got the last laugh of  the first half as Rice capped a 7-play
 drive  with  a 7-yard touchdown sprint,  giving the Ravens a comfortable 27-10
 lead at halftime.
 
 Three  plays into their opening drive of the second half, the Ravens found the
 end  zone  again as  Flacco unleashed  a deep  bomb down  field for Smith, who
 hauled it in for a 47-yard score and a 34-10 advantage.
 
 Oakland  hit back,  though, on its next possession when Palmer lofted one over
 the  middle for Moore,  who raced to the end zone for a 30-yard catch and run,
 cutting the deficit to 34-17.
 
 With 9:42 on the third quarter clock, the Ravens lined up for their first punt
 of  the day. On  the play, the ball was juggled on the return and recovered by
 the Ravens at the Raiders 20.
 
 On  the next play, Flacco found Smith in the end zone for a 20-yard TD strike,
 making it a 41-17 game.
 
 Baltimore  continued to  pour it on late  in the third quarter as a fake field
 goal direct snap to holder Sam Koch resulted in a 7-yard touchdown run.
 
 Janikowski  hit  from 47  yards out  early in  the fourth  quarter, but on the
 ensuing  kickoff, Jones  took  it  105 yards  for  the  touchdown, putting  an
 exclamation point on the blowout for Baltimore.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Palmer  fell to  9-5 in his career against the Ravens ...Baltimore improved to
 7-1  all-time  against Oakland and has  won the last four matchups between the
 teams  ... The Ravens  previous high for points in a game was 48, accomplished
 on  Dec. 19, 2005 in  a 48-3 win over Green Bay, and again on Dec. 13, 2009 by
 the  same score  against the Detroit Lions ... Baltimore went 5-of-12 on third
 down, while Oakland finished 8-of-18 on third down.
 
 
 11/11 20:01:46 ET