Ravens’ offense gets back on track in win over Raiders

AP

The Raiders were without starting quarterback Derek Carr, but their offense wasn’t the problem.

Instead, the problem in Oakland today was that the Raiders’ defense had trouble stopping the Ravens’ offense, and Baltimore was able to grind out a 30-17 win.

With the strong-armed quarterback Joe Flacco and the speedy receiver Mike Wallace, the Ravens ought to be calling a lot of deep balls for those two. Today they called three passes to Wallace, and Wallace caught them all, for 133 yards — a very impressive average of 44.3 yards per catch. Add in some solid running from Javorious Allen and Alex Collins, and the Ravens’ offense moved the ball effectively on the ground and in the air.

Oakland got a solid game from backup quarterback EJ Manuel, who played turnover-free football and led a couple of long touchdown drives. Manuel isn’t as good as Carr, but he’s decent filling in on short notice.

How long the Raiders need to rely on Manuel remains to be seen, but they’re hoping to get Carr back soon. At 2-3, they need to be at full strength to save this season from becoming a big disappointment.

As for the 3-2 Ravens, they moved into a tie with the Steelers for first place in the AFC North. It’s been an up-and-down year in Baltimore, but the offense is clearly trending up.

49 responses to “Ravens’ offense gets back on track in win over Raiders

  1. The Ravens took the field, immediately noticing Sean Smith one on one with Mike Wallace, and hit the deep ball when Wallace flew right by Smith.

    To make it worse, the Raiders never made a change and Smith got burned again.

    It’s been clear for at least a couple of years now that he can’t hang with speedy WR’s, I’d only bring him out as a coverage safety on TE’s.

    I also don’t understand why they don’t hit Washington and Richard out of the backfield, everything else would open up with all those weapons.

    On the bright side Manuel looked pretty good, way better than he ever did in Buffalo.

  2. The Raiders secondary is embarrassingly bad. Atrocious. Carrie is notably bad in coverage. They need to fix that, or fire the guy who isn’t fixing it.
    Lynch has been a story, but hasn’t produced on the field.
    I’d start phasing him out of the offense. He’s already damaged the locker room, I’d bet.

  3. I don’t think Sean Smith could cover me. I’m almost certain I could outcoach Del Rio and Norton.

  4. The Raiders desperately need an effective Derek Carr back. But if he’s not 100% I still don’t want him to play because I don’t want to risk real serious injury to a franchise player. If Manuel can’t get the job done, it wouldn’t hurt to put Connor Cook out there to get him more experience. Also the o-line looked terrible again. The way it looks they should’ve just cut Penn during his holdout rather than caving and giving him a new contract.

    The Chargers are a pretty bad team but the Raiders will have their hands full trying to get back on the winning track with them at home next week.

  5. It’s so funny that Raider fans think they can beat New England. Their defense is worse than New England’s, and we all know NE’s offense is way better. Look up how many points the Pats score against Del Rio defenses.

  6. This raiders team is headscratchingly not very good.

    EJ Manuel stares down receivers, another week of that and it’s on film again for defenses to see
    Jared cook drops passes, Receivers get no separation.
    O line is awful all of a sudden, a big part because under Todd Downing there is no power run game like last year, QB under center, with a FB. Playbook is shotgun run, shotgun run, throw short of the sticks on 3rd and long.
    Ken Norton Jr is continually outcoached and out schemed, D line gets pushed around, Sean Smith can’t cover and Connelly can’t get on the field.
    Jack Del Rio seems clueless about his staff and the identity of this team.
    The rest of the team, has bought into their hype from last year and think they can just show up and win games. This team isn’t competing with the Chiefs, and will lose to SD next week.

  7. I love Lynch as a Seattle fan and honestly wished him well in Oakland…but do you really think Sea would have let him just walk if they thought he was the Beast Mode of old???

    Don’t blame losses on him though – he will always give every ounce he has.

  8. …but do you really think Sea would have let him just walk if they thought he was the Beast Mode of old???

    They had no choice. If he reported, they would’ve been on the hook for 9 million bucks that they didn’t have room for.

  9. JP says:
    October 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I love Lynch as a Seattle fan and honestly wished him well in Oakland…but do you really think Sea would have let him just walk if they thought he was the Beast Mode of old???

    Don’t blame losses on him though – he will always give every ounce he has.
    ———————————————————————————
    Marshawn isn’t what’s wrong with this team right now.

  10. The Raiders may end up with a losing 1st half of the season, which is the easiest part of their schedule, too. 3 losses in a row is not good for their playoff hopes.

    In other news The NFL allows the Raiders to wear “Vegas Strong” decals on their helmets but doesn’t allow the Cowboys to wear decals in support of the Dallas PD after they lost 5 officers in one night. No wonder they are losing fans.

  11. Nice to see that scrap-heap OL protect Flacco and open holes for RBs. Maybe the season isn’t over after all.

  12. The most amazing thing for me was the support the locals give a team who’s hightailing it for Sin City in a couple of years. That and the tarped off section of the upper deck facing the cameras.

  13. Still boggles my mind to watch the Raider faithfull fill a stadium for an owner who gave them the finger. It’s like your wife tells you she’s leaving you for a new man, but she wants to stay in your house while her lover is building a new house for them to live in. There’s a word for that Oakland fans!

  14. Wow. Three straights losses for the heir apparent to the AFC Crown. I smell another disappointing year for the Raiders. They will look back on this game as the pivotal one. This is a team they upset 2 years ago to get back on track. This is a team that was reeling after uncharacteristic losses to the Jags (a humiliating no-show for the offense) and Steelers (the Ravens have had their number as of late). Even without Carr, the Raiders should have ground out a W at home.
    .

  15. In other news The NFL allows the Raiders to wear “Vegas Strong” decals on their helmets but doesn’t allow the Cowboys to wear decals in support of the Dallas PD after they lost 5 officers in one night. No wonder they are losing fans.
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    The Raiders checked out of armpit Oakland months ago. They are “on to Vegas.” The team today could have cared less about the outcome. The defense plain quit on that last drive by the Ravens. Why the Raider fans put up with this and still adore the Vegas Raiders is beyond me. It wouldn’t happen in my city.

  16. So, now that this season is effectively over, who will the new head coach be next year? It is always next year isn’t it?

    #offseasonchamps

  17. I’m a Raider fan and I’m projecting a 6 -10 record at the end of the season. They’re not very good.
    Coaching is a big part of it. Mostly I defense.
    Norton needs to go

  18. I’d like the idea of Smith covering the TE but visions of him getting torched two weeks ago in Washington by the TE spoil that idea.

    If the guy can’t cover anymore at his age, it’s done. Play anyone that might help this team down the line. Smith is done.

  19. The Raiders are clearly having chemistry issues that everyone in the organization seems to be hiding.

    The attitude of this team after the Jets’ game had me worried and for good reason. Norton is clearly not the answer as Defensive Coordinator. That unit hasn’t gotten any better since his arrival. Can’t get off the field on 3rd down, the Sean Smith experiment is a huge failure and I understand that he was paid good money, but enough of that already. He can’t play the coverage that the team is requiring. I’m not sure what to say about Amari Cooper who has gone from dropping balls to just not interested in what’s going on at all. Jared Cook has made crucial mistakes when he’s supposed to be adding to a TE unit and not sure if it’s Downing or the offensive line has just forgotten how to block in any form or fashion.

    5 games into the season, starting 2-0 and are now a complete mess. Something will give, we’ll just have to wait and see what exactly that is.

    One thing I can say is that the Raiders’ showed last year when Carr got hurt that they are a very fragile team psychologically and that’s never good. They don’t seem to be the type of squad that rallies around itself.

  20. Hey, Raiders o-line, are you happy now?

    You got Derek Carr knocked out of the line-up for at least a week.

    Take a little gander at that score board and tell me,
    Are You Happy Now?

    Are you happy, are you happy, are you happy?
    “Can I finish? Can I finish? Can I finish?”- Ross Perot

    Are you happy now?

  21. Who is that dude who wears 24 for Oakland? Do he still play The dude who was dancing I think the last time the Raiders won a game, oh how the pretenders just fade away……and it’s only

  22. If it wasnt for the Raiders, Del Rio would not have a job in the NFL. Same for Reggie 32-53 Mckenzie who would be long gone with that record from the other 31 teams. So lets see Nation, your annual SB hype should start what, February 6, 2018? You might try winning a playoff game every 16 years or so before you start with your annual delusions. Just sayin” The good new is you still have a one game lead over Diego, who won their first game today. Wow.

  23. As a Raven fan i can say that this might have been a loss had Carr played this win was i guess you could say fools gold. This offense still needs a lot of work, especially at WR and TE. But it was W and thats what counts.

  24. “hey had no choice. If he reported, they would’ve been on the hook for 9 million bucks that they didn’t have room for.”

    …again, if he was the beast mode of old they would love to pay him 9m.

  25. QUARTERBACKS WITH A BETTER WINNING PERECNTAGE THAN DEREK CARR:

    Ryan Fitzpatick
    Mark Sanchez
    T.J. Yates
    Matt Moore
    Matt Schaun
    Drew Stanton
    Trevor Siemian
    Brock Osweiler
    Nick Foles
    Teddy Bridgewater………………should I continue?

  26. I am a Raiders fan, but would like to offer a little advice to the defense: you don’t have to let the receiver catch the ball before you try, and make a play, go for the pick, or bat it down for crying out loud!!!!

  27. Was everyone watching the same game I watched? I watched as a Ravens fan but wasnt Lynch averaging almost 5 yards a carry? I dont think I ever saw him go down on first contact.

    The problem I saw for Oakland yesterday was their D line, they got run all over by a terrible O line of the Ravens and 2 no name backs who just ran hard.

  28. thelongestgoodbye says:
    October 9, 2017 at 11:15 am
    Was everyone watching the same game I watched? I watched as a Ravens fan but wasnt Lynch averaging almost 5 yards a carry? I dont think I ever saw him go down on first contact.

    The problem I saw for Oakland yesterday was their D line, they got run all over by a terrible O line of the Ravens and 2 no name backs who just ran hard.

    Lynch was 12 for 43 so no…not averaging almost 5 yds per carry. More like 3.6. He is done and nothing but a distraction now.

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