The Baltimore Ravens (5-5) get set to host Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders (2-8) in an important AFC matchup.
Under John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 4-2 against Oakland, including a 2-1 record at home. The Ravens hold an all-time 7-3 record against the Raiders in the regular season with a 5-1 record at home. The last time the Ravens and Raiders met was just last year when the Ravens won 30-17 in Oakland.
Before Sunday's game, here's everything you need to know.
Lamar Jackson has earned his second start for the Ravens as Joe Flacco continues to deal with a hip injury. Last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson was 13-of-19 for 150 yards in the air and rushed for 117 yards on 27 attempts. Jackson will try to follow up on his solid NFL start against a Raiders defense that ranked 30th in the league in points heading into Week 12.
And for those of you who are concerned about his 27 rushing attempts Sunday; yes, Lamar can and will throw the ball down the field going forward.
"Yeah, we're going to throw the ball more down the road," head coach John Harbaugh passionately said Monday. "All this veiled stuff, `Is he really a thrower?' I got news for you: He's a thrower. He's a quarterback. I don't appreciate the insinuation of the question. Lamar Jackson is a quarterback."
Jackson, too, is hoping he can get the ball to his receivers more but has a whatever it takes mentality when it comes to closing out a game.
“No, I don’t take it personally. I know I can throw," Jackson said Wednesday. "You guys know I can throw. But we won the game, that’s what it’s about. We have to win the game. I ran 27 times – even though I didn’t try to – but we did whatever it took to win. Hopefully, I’m going to start throwing the ball more. The gameplan is coming up, and we’re going to be throwing the ball. They’re going to see.”
That versatility Jackson brings makes it hard for opposing teams to prepare for. Even Raiders head coach Jon Gruden admitted so.
"He's tough to prepare for," Gruden said Wednesday. "You don't know what plays they're running and you don't know what he's going to do, but you do know what he's capable of doing and it's scary."
Crabtree faces off against his old team
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be reunited Sunday with the team he spent his 2015-17 seasons with. Recording 232 receptions for 2,543 yards and 25 touchdowns during that span, Crabtree is looking at Sunday's game like it's any other matchup.
“[It’s the] next game," Crabtree said Wednesday. "We’re on the end of a stretch right here, so every game counts for us. The next game is the Raiders.”
The Raiders will be short on weapons against the Ravens as Martavis Bryant has been ruled out with a knee injury and Jordy Nelson is questionable with a knee injury as well.
“Yes, it will definitely be a fun game for him," linebacker C.J. Mosley said Wednesday. "I hope he draws a lot of plays to get him some big yards and get him some touchdowns. I’m sure in the back of his head, he’ll want to make a couple plays going against his former team.”
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The Ravens came away with the win in their most critical game of the season last Sunday, and now it's time to start building some momentum.
Their 24-21 win over the Bengals pushed them into the No. 2 spot in the AFC North and has them sitting in the sixth and final Wild Card spot. But that spot will be up for grabs over the next six games, and a win against an AFC team could prove beneficial down the road.
According to the New York Times' NFL Playoff Simulator, the Ravens have a 40% chance of making the playoffs and a 5% chance of winning the division.
Harbaugh told reporters Monday that even with the up and down season, the dynamic within the locker room has not changed,
"It’s the same dynamic. Nothing changes," Harbaugh said. "That doesn’t mean anything. I don’t care what seed you are. You have a five-way tie at 5-5 for sixth place [after] Week, what, 10? There are six more games to play. It will be determined in the next six weeks. Nothing is over, so all of you guys who counted us out, we aren’t out. We’re not dead. Sorry. And anybody who thinks that we have it clinched, no. No way. It’s going to be the teams that play the best, the teams that play the best football the next six weeks starting this week, and that’s going to be our focus. Our focus is going to be to win this game this week. That’s all we can do."
Ravens vs. Raiders Week 12 How to Watch:
Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders
What: Week 12 regular season
When: Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.
TV Channel: CBS
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Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock
Weather: 55 degrees, mostly sunny
Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1: Sun., 9/9. Ravens vs. Bills. Win, 47-3 (1-0)
Week 2: Thur., 9/13 Ravens at Bengals. Loss, 34-23 (1-1)
Week 3: Sun., 9/23 Ravens vs. Broncos. Win, 27-14 (2-1)
Week 4: Sun., 9/30 Ravens at Steelers. Win, 26-14 (3-1)
Week 5: Sun., 10/7 Ravens at Browns. Loss, 12-9 (3-2)
Week 6: Sun., 10/14 Ravens at Titans. Win, 21-0 (4-2)
Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m. Loss, 24-23 (4-3)
Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m. Loss 36-21 (4-4)
Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m. Loss 23-16 (4-5)
Week 10: BYE week
Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sat., 12/22 @ Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.
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