ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Formula, with apologies to classic hip-hop artist The D.O.C., was on full display on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Oakland Raiders' Formula for Success ... in successive series.
First, Oakland's Marquette King unleashed a booming 49-yard punt that pinned the Baltimore Ravens on their 5-yard line. King punctuated the boot by doing former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis' celebratory squirrel dance at midfield ... on the Ravens logo’s face.
Raiders rookie Jalen Richard returned the punt 47-yards to the Ravens' 6-yard line, and then Oakland’s offense got into the act.
Derek Carr found a streaking Seth Roberts going from left to right across the back of the end zone and hit an outstretched Roberts for the touchdown. After Sebastian Janikowski's PAT the Raiders had the 7-0 lead late in the first quarter of their eventual 28-27 victory.
Special teams. Defense. Offense.
"That's exactly what we're talking about," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said in his weekly media conference on Monday. "All three phases playing complementary football, impacting the game, and it's about us and our team, and what we're able to do when those three phases work together like that. That's a great example of it."
Looking for extra credit for the three phases? Look no further.
Offensively, the Raiders were 3-for-3 in the red zone, giving Del Rio a chance to give offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave a shout out.
"The reality is he's called a good game," Del Rio said. "He's done a nice job down there putting us in a position, putting Derek in position to do the things he does well. You have to give credit to the design of it and then you have to give credit to the execution of it and it starts with the trigger man.
"That's why when you have a good trigger man, it makes a lot of things kind of go smoothly."
Defensively, the Raiders held when they needed to most ... at midfield with 62 seconds to play and the Ravens needing a mere eight yards or so to get into field-goal range for strong-legged kicker Justin Tucker. The Ravens went four-and-out with Flacco under pressure and throwing four incompletions.
And special teams-wise, King added to his Squirrel Dance with a Cam Newton Dab, mimicking a body builder doing curls for big-armed referee Ed Hochuli and bowing with his hands together ala Justin Tuck to all corners of the stadium.
"It's 2016, you know, there's new ways of celebrating," Del Rio said with a laugh. "I like guys to be themselves and express themselves. [King] certainly is an expressive young man. When you kick it that well, you can have a little fun out there as well."
Having fun is a byproduct of the Raiders' Formula ... so long as the concoction results in a win, right?