Quarterback EJ Manuel made his first start as a Raider and 18th of his career. Flacco stumbled to the turf, but picked himself back up and stepped out of a sack as a Raiders defender clung to his jersey.
Things went sideways in the second half.
But that wasn't almost enough for the Raiders, who have dropped three straight following a 2-0 start, putting a severe dent in their hopes to challenge in the AFC West. As two more Raiders pass rushers closed in to simultaneously crush Flacco, the quarterback kept his eyes down the field and floated a pass as he went down. "That's what we need from him. That was a huge mistake that turned in to points for them".
"It's no big secret how talented we are up front, how talented Marshawn is", said blocking tight end Lee Smith, a key part of the run game. Down 14-nothing before the fans are sitting down. "You've gotta keep fighting, keep fighting and try to overcome it".
Derek Carr has a broken bone in his back and was supposed to miss two to four weeks.
As it was, when the game was on the line, E.J. ended up throwing an interception. Thrice he evaded the Baltimore rush, converting big plays on each.
Terrance West left in the first quarter with a left leg injury, but running backs Alex Collins and Buck Allen put in a blue-collar effort as the Ravens run game wore down the Raiders in the fourth quarter. They weren't ready. They down-shifted into yet another lower gear of mediocrity with their third straight ugly loss following those two impressive opening wins. I tried to do anything I could to be back out there. Lynch has just 194 rushing yards in five games.
Last season, Michael Crabtree scored three touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens, and he was pretty active in Week 5 as well. Joe Flacco and the Raiders offense started things with a shot down the field to Mike Wallace that was good for 52 yards. Instead, the Ravens added another field goal and were up 24-10 going into halftime.
Should the Ravens have won this week? Tucker kicked a 21-yard field goal making it a 27-17 game in the fourth. "I'm looking at it as an opportunity that's before me right now", Manuel said. "I really think that's what he did, just kind of looked every man in the eye and wanted to see how we would respond in this moment".
Oakland and Baltimore began the season on high notes but have since hit the skids.
Amari Cooper's junior season has opened as a major disappointment. Winston finished the game with 334 yards, completing 26 throws from 46 attempts. Amerson cleared the league's concussion protocal, Del Rio said. Asked if it was an easy call, Del Rio gritted his teeth and said, "Nah, not easy".