BALTIMORE -- This is now back-to-back awful defensive performances by the Raiders -- last week it was at home to Doug Martin and Tampa Bay, and this week it's in Baltimore to an offense that is not presently considered to be at any elite level.

Today, the Raiders D did decently versus Ray Rice and the Ravens run game (except for the ridiculously easy TD run in the final minute of the first half).

What the Raiders couldn't do was stop anything involving Joe Flacco and the Baltimore pass offense, especially deep or over the middle, and those are not two areas you want to be wide open to running receivers.

Also, the Raiders failed to be prepared for a fake field goal late in the third quarter -- granted, it was already a 41-17 Ravens lead, and John Harbaugh's call to have holder Sam Koch run it in was not very kindly.

It was Harbaugh-style running it up to get to 48-17, no doubt.

But this is the NFL -- you want to stop a team from running it up, you tackle somebody, and the Raiders hardly did any of that Sunday.

Early in the third quarter I saw Tommy Kelly gather the defense together for a pep talk and the next series they held the Ravens to a three-and-out ... except Phillip Adams fumbled the ensuing punt and one play later Flacco threw another TD.

We'll see how Dennis Allen handles all this. Because this is bad.

This is the low point of his tenure so far, and Allen's response is very important. Or things will keep heading in a downward trajectory, as has happened many times in the Raiders' past.

Check back later for Tim's full column out of Sunday's game.