Marshawn Lynch is going to get a chance to earn his salary. The Raiders lost seven of their first eight games vs. the Ravens (including postseason), but have won each of their last two (by a combined five points). Joe Flacco and the Raiders offense started things with a shot down the field to Mike Wallace that was good for 52 yards. I just had thoughts like that last night.
"Coming into the year, y'all was telling us how good we was, how good we was", linebacker Bruce Irvin said.
Like with most everything in sports, numbers have come to define the Raiders. That's what we really wanted, to run the ball efficiently, play good defense, be the better team.
The Raiders couldn't adjust much with so few defensive backs available, putting them at risk most of the day.
Carr was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday's loss in Denver, which dropped the Raiders to 2-2.
Baltimore scored on defense and its first three possessions to take a commanding 24-10 halftime lead. He finished 13 for 26 for 159 yards.
The Raiders have set themselves up for a dramatic season comeback, if they can scrap and gamble their way out of this mess.
"I don't know if I'd call it a benefit", he said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken. It's like a bad shock. The Ravens went from beating the Bengals and Browns in Weeks 1 and 2 by a combined score of 44-10 to losing to the Jaguars in London and at home to the Steelers by a total of 54 points (outscored 70-16).
Wearing long gray shorts and a black sweatshirt, Carr joined Khalil Mack, Rodney Hudson, Reggie Nelson and James Cowser for the pregame coin flip but was otherwise a spectator as EJ Manuel directed the Raiders' offense. He has struggled in that role, throwing one touchdown pass and four interceptions.
Oakland cut Baltimore's lead to 14-3 on Giorgio Tavecchio's 32-yard field goal with 5:59 left in the quarter.
That being the case, the Raiders need to put pressure on the passer to force the fluttering passes Del Rio referred to, and Flacco, who wasn't sacked, had way too much time to operate on Sunday.
"It didn't go anything like it needed to", Del Rio said. "I'm looking at it as an opportunity that's before me right now", Manuel said. The Ravens marched down the field for a 15-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a Javorious Allen touchdown punch-in.
Carr a no-go: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr pushed to be available for Sunday's game despite suffering a transverse process fracture the week before, but was ultimate ruled inactive as expected.