NFL Week Five Match Up: Ravens at Raiders

Derrick Carr

Last Sunday, Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back.

Making matters worse is Derek Carr is out with a back injury for multiple weeks, and EJ Manuel will start in his place. Not only has the defense regressed after two strong showings, but the offense hasn't gotten much done either.

To extend even further, only 15 teams that have fallen three games under.500 in Week 5 or later made the postseason. WR Michael Crabtree (bruised lung) is dealing with his own health issue.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Ravens have been forced to play from behind over the past two weeks, putting more pressure on quarterback Joe Flacco to make plays. The Ravens trailed Jacksonville at halftime, 23-0, and fell behind, 19-0, against the Steelers. This is the third straight meeting between these two teams, with the Raiders winners of the last two matchups.

The critical string of matchups at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum begins against a Ravens side that's also 2-2 but has been outscored 70-16 in the past two weeks. He's completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 601 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. "I'm not necessarily looking for a second chance". Carr left the game with a back spasm.


The two other players that are inactive for this game for the Raiders are defensive lineman Jihad Ward and tackle Jylan Ware. He gained 12 yards on nine carries in last week's loss to Denver.

One positive has been All-Pro Khalil Mack. The Raiders won the previous two behind fourth-quarter touchdown drives led by Derek Carr. Cooper is struggling and the Ravens will look to keep it that way, regardless of which side he lines up on.

Baltimore and Oakland enter this game with identical two-game losing streaks.

- Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams.

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