Critical home stretch begins for Raiders against Ravens

Critical home stretch begins for Raiders against Ravens

Manuel, a first-round pick by Buffalo in 2013, began his rookie season a starter but was benched the next year and started just three games the past two seasons. It appears the team may get their star wideout back on the field in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Del Rio told reporters after the game that it wasn't the pivotal call in the game.

Oakland will get a division rival at home in Week 6.

Del Rio looked shaken afterward and he should be.

After starting the season 2-0, the Oakland Raiders suddenly find themselves in a funk. "So I'm never going to waver", Flacco said.

"We wanted to just start fast and play aggressive from jump street", safety Eric Weddle said. Real Talk: I wasn't excited when the team signed Manuel to be the backup; However, he's here now, and let's hope he's ready to put his past behind him. It's a group of men, prideful men.

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.

Coach Jack Del Rio gathered his Oakland Raiders following their third straight loss and looked into his players' eyes, trying to figure out if he still had a team that was a Super Bowl contender like many pundits thought a few weeks ago.

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"I'm a defensive lineman, so the way we rush EJ Manuel versus Derek Carr may be a little different". The Raiders won the previous two behind fourth-quarter touchdown drives led by Derek Carr.

"Well, we didn't win, so it wasn't well enough to win", he said. "I know what a competitor he is and he's a tough dude".

No kidding. Holding onto the ball would help, too. Crabtree finally returned to practice full time on Thursday and is not on the injured report heading into the Ravens game. This week both teams get a chance to right the ship when they face off at the Oakland Coliseum.

The offensive line played a spectacular game, paving the way for 143 rushing yards and keeping Flacco upright. He had every reason to be happy individually. Of course, 10 of those came in the first two weeks of the season.

The Bengals defense held the Bills offense to 221 net yards in the win and they recorded an interception and six sacks during the game.

I never totally believed that numbers don't lie, but those particular ones are pretty revealing regarding how much an National Football League team is allowed to struggle to begin a season and risk missing out.