-Raiders WR Amari Cooper vs. Ravens CBs Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr. Carr has a transverse fracture in his back. While Derek Carr will remain "out" on the latest Raiders' injury report, he will be on the sidelines trying to help out.
Like with most everything in sports, numbers have come to define the Raiders.
Both teams are also desperate for a win. Later today, we will find out just how true that still is. He has just four catches for 23 yards on 15 targets the past three weeks, hampering Oakland's offense.
"I tried to come in here and have them work on it", said Carr after the game. "The theory that our coaches preach is, if you win your home games and steal a couple on the road, that gets you normally to the place you want to be".
RUN GAME: The Ravens had been using a three-back rotation but that plan got altered when Terrance West went down with an ankle injury after a 13-yeard run on the opening drive. We saw it last Sunday.
He's not very good right now.
Sunday's game was a "W" on paper, especially after Baltimore got beat soundly the past two weeks. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown four tinterceptions and one touchdown in the past two games. Although he is in line to be a game-time call, expect the Oakland signal caller to ultimately be ruled out. He stated that his "back didn't feel too good".
"It is a good three-week stretch".
Marshawn Lynch and Co. have been muted in recent weeks. "That's how I look at it".
The Raiders cannot allow Flacco to use them (once again) to get his game on track.
It's all a blur with these things. Coach Jack Del Rio opted to punt despite the 10-point deficit, and Marquette King sent it into the end zone for a touchback.
Smith gets beat (early and often): The Raiders were down David Amerson and Gareon Conley heading into this one, leaving Sean Smith in a vital role at outside cornerback. I think he gets closer to 20. Baltimore leads the all time series 7-3.
Teams that start 2-4 ... just over 8.5 percent. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year recorded seven tackles and two sacks against the Broncos last week. And now it appears that the Ravens QB may have hit rock bottom this season. "Be more aware of trying to get the ball in practice".
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