Flacco, Wallace help Ravens top Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Joe Flacco passed for 222 yards, Mike Wallace caught three passes for 133 yards, and the Baltimore Ravens ended a two-game losing streak with a 30-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith scored on a 47-yard fumble return in the first quarter for the Ravens (3-2), who moved into a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place in the AFC North.
The Raiders (2-3) lost their third straight game and played without quarterback Derek Carr, who broke a small bone in his back in their previous game against Denver.
Quarterback EJ Manuel made his first start as a Raider and 18th of his career. He completed 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens built a 24-10 halftime lead, but Oakland cut it to 24-17 on Marshawn Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Manuel scrambled 10 yards on third-and-9 from the 13, setting up Lynch's touchdown run.
Baltimore answered with a 12-play, 72-yard drive, setting up Justin Tucker's 21-yard field goal to make it 27-17 with 13:10 left to play. Flacco, who completed 19 of 26 passes, threw a key 27-yard strike to Wallace on third-and-8 from the Ravens' 47 that extended the drive.
The Raiders punted on fourth-and-3 from their 44 with under nine minutes left, and Baltimore drove 54 yards in 13 plays for Tucker's 44-yard field goal with 2:24 left to make it 30-17.
The Ravens rolled to a 14-point first-half lead as Flacco completed 11 of 15 passes for 164 yards and Wallace caught two passes for 106.
Baltimore took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in five plays for Vince Mayle's 2-yard touchdown run on an end around with 12:45 left in the first quarter. On the Ravens' first play from scrimmage, Flacco hit Wallace for 52 yards to the Raiders 23.
The Ravens increased their lead to 14-0 with 11:10 left in the first quarter on Smith's fumble return for a touchdown. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor stripped Raiders tight end Jared Cook after a 3-yard catch, and Smith headed the other way.
Oakland cut Baltimore's lead to 14-3 on Giorgio Tavecchio's 32-yard field goal with 5:59 left in the quarter.
The Ravens answered with a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive with Javorius Allen plunging in from the 1 to make it 21-3 with 11:57 left in the first half.
Oakland sliced the Ravens' lead to 21-10 on Manuel's 41-yard touchdown pass to Crabtree with 9:11 left in the first half.
Flacco hit Wallace for 54 yards, setting up Tucker's 22-yard field goal with 5:18 left.
NOTES: Ravens RB Terrance West injured his calf with 13:36 remaining in the first quarter and did not return to the game. ... Ravens RG Matt Skura left the game midway through the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Rookie G Jermaine Eluemunor took his place. ... Raiders starting MLB Marquel Lee sustained a left ankle injury with 14:48 left to play and did not return. ... Raiders RG Gabe Jackson (foot) was inactive, and G/C Jon Felicano started in his place. ... Raiders LCB David Amerson (concussion) was inactive. CB TJ Carrie started on the left side and CB Sean Smith on the right.