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The Raiders are no strangers to penalties hurting their cause. Oakland has been flagged 36 times for 306 yards over the past three weeks to raise its total to an AFC-high 112.


Charlie Frye threw three interceptions, two players were ejected and 13 penalties cost the Raiders a season-high 126 yards last Sunday in Cleveland. Oakland lost 23-9 despite outgaining the Browns by more than 100 yards.


"I've never seen flags thrown like that," said Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour, who was called for two personal fouls on one play. "It was so ticky-tack. Obviously we have to understand how the game is being played and how the game is being called and play accordingly. We didn't do a good job of that after we understood that they were going to throw it if you looked the wrong way."


The Raiders have given two of the Ravens' AFC North rivals fits this season. Bruce Gradkowski engineered a comeback in the final 2 minutes to beat division-champion Cincinnati 20-17 on Nov. 22, then threw three fourth-quarter TDs - each putting Oakland ahead - in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 6.


Gradkowski, however, partially tore the MCL in his right knee a week later, and Frye has compiled a 49.2 passer rating in two starts since. Gradkowski is listed as doubtful for Sunday and former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell appears relegated to the bench.


Frye, who threw for 333 yards last week, has experience facing Baltimore. He posted an 80.5 rating with two TDs and two interceptions in a pair of starts against the Ravens with Cleveland in 2006.




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Frye has compiled a 49.2 passer rating in two starts since.


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(Close to Being Broken)

Offense.......... Record (Year)... 2009

Rush Touchdowns...... 20 (2008)..... 19

Total Touchdowns..... 45 (1996)..... 44

Total Points........ 391 (2003).... 370

3rd Down Pct....... 43.8 (1996)... 41.5

Total Net Yards... 5,723 (1996).. 5,289

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Here's pre game some info...


The Raiders could be stretched ultra-thin in the secondary for the season finale.


Starting cornerback Chris Johnson was unable to practice after straining a hamstring in practice Wednesday, and safety Tyvon Branch was limited in practice with a hip flexor issue. If Johnson can’t play, Stanford Routt can count on a full day of activity opposite of Nnamdi Asomugha. Rookie Mike Mitchell, whose role has increased in recent weeks, would step in for Branch. Branch’s condition will be re-evaluated Friday.


Left guard Langston Walker’s ankle wasn’t stable enough for him to go through practice, making it likely Chris Morris would be the starter. On its face, with Morris being some 60 pounds lighter than Walker, it would appear to be big matchup advantage for the Ravens with Kelly Gragg at center and Haloti Ngata at right tackle in the 3-4 defense.



Flacco better be very carefull throwing to Asomugha's side. The guy is a fantastic corner.


If you want something to worry about Hensley put up 3...


1 Penalties cost the Ravens again. The Ravens have to play smart. They are 1-4 when they are flagged at least nine times.


2 Turnovers level playing field. In their two December losses, the Ravens have totaled seven turnovers (four interceptions and three fumbles).


3 Ravens suffer another Steeler hangover. Since 2005, the Ravens have struggled to rebound from their games against Pittsburgh, going 2-7 in games after playing their AFC North rival.


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Here's some IR updates...


The Ravens offense almost certainly will get left tackle Jared Gaither back for the must-win Oakland game. The three-year veteran missed the last three games with a foot injury, but practiced three times this week and is listed as probable on the final injury report.


With Gaither out of the lineup this season, the Ravens have lost three of five games, and the two wins came against the lowly Lions and Bears. Gaither's return will send rookie Michael Oher back to right tackle and Oniel Cousins back to the bench.


It also appears the Ravens will get back safety Ed Reed, who has missed four games with a groin or hip injury. Reed practiced this week as well and is expected to be able to take a dozen snaps or more in Oakland. Reed, however, is still listed as questionable.


Other questionables include wide receiver Derrick Mason (knee), linebackers Tavares Gooden (groin) and Terrell Suggs (thigh), cornerback Cary Williams (thigh) and Cousins (knee).


Gaither, linebacker Jarret Johnson (back, knee) and defensive end Trevor Pryce (illness) are probable.


The Raiders list quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (knees) as out and running back Justin Fargas (knee) and tackle Langston Walker (ankle) as doubtful. Safety Tyvon Branch (hip), defensive end Greg Ellis (knee), wide-out Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) and cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) as questionable.



Good to see Gaither back...he has a toe injury...not turf toe that ended J.O's career but it's a concern. I hope to see some road grading Sunday.


I doubt Reed plays...maybe to get some reps to get ready for the playoffs...we'll see.

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