BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for a touchdown and threw for a score, Terrell Suggs returned a fumble 43 yards for a TD and the Baltimore Ravens ran past the Oakland Raiders 34-17 on Sunday.
Cyrus Jones took a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to help the Ravens (6-5) win a second straight game for the first time since September.
Gus Edwards rushed for 118 yards as part of an effective ground game that enabled Jackson to pass just enough to keep the Raiders off guard — and off the field. Baltimore expanded a three-point halftime lead to 27-17 with two run-heavy touchdown drives that consumed a total of nearly 16 minutes.
With starter Joe Flacco out for a second straight game with an injured right hip, Jackson cut down on his rushing attempts, threw more often and got the same result — a victory. After carrying 27 times for 117 yards last week in his NFL starting debut, Jackson ran 11 times for 71 yards and went 14 for 25 for 178 yards and two interceptions.
Suggs clinched it with 5:55 left, lumbering down the right sideline after Oakland’s Derek Carr was sacked by Matthew Judon and lost the ball on a fourth-down play.
Carr completed 16 of 34 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown but was sacked three times.
The Raiders (2-9) came in with the league’s 31st-ranked running defense, and the Ravens exploited that weakness for 242 yards rushing on 43 attempts.
Baltimore opened the third quarter with a 13-play drive that consumed nearly seven minutes and featured 12 running plays, including a 5-yard touchdown by Jackson that made it 20-10.
Carr matched that touchdown by using the opposite approach, passing to Seth Roberts for 44 yards to set up a 16-yard scoring toss to tight end Jared Cook.
Jackson then orchestrated a 17-play march that covered 71 yards and lasted 8 minutes, 53 seconds. On third-and-goal from the 8, Jackson zipped a TD pass to former Oakland star Michael Crabtree.
The Ravens’ only touchdown before halftime came on Jones’ second-quarter punt return.
Jones tiptoed down the right sideline and went the distance, getting key blocks from Chris Moore and Judon. It was the first career touchdown for Jones, who was released by New England in October.
Jackson threw two interceptions, ran twice for 11 yards and took a sack in the first half. More than half of his 140 yards passing before halftime came on one play, a 74-yarder to tight end Mark Andrews that set up a field goal.
Carr struggled too, going 9 for 24 for 97 yards. Oakland’s lone first-half touchdown came on a 1-yard plunge by Doug Martin that was initially called a lost fumble before a replay determined he broke the plane of the end zone before losing possession.
Raiders: DT Maurice Hurst left in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.
Ravens: SS Tony Jefferson twisted his left ankle in the second quarter, returned briefly and left for good. … RB Alex Collins (foot) was inactive after starting every game this season. … OL Alex Lewis underwent concussion protocol in the third quarter. … G Marshal Yanda left for concussion protocol in the fourth quarter and was cleared.
Raiders: Host the Kansas City Chiefs, the first of two meetings between these longtime rivals over the final five weeks.
Ravens: Travel to Atlanta for a matchup against the Falcons (4-7), who have lost three straight.