Flacco, Wallace help Ravens top Raiders

Why it happened: Of course, the Raiders would have had a better chance to win if quarterback Derek Carr wasn't out with a back injury.

If (there goes that word again) the Raiders are going to win without Carr, it should also go without saying that quarterback E.J.

Fortunately for team unity, the blame can be shared by the offense and defense.

The obvious reason the Baltimore Ravens can beat the Oakland Raiders is that the Raiders won't be at full strength. Baltimore punched the Raiders in the mouth from the start of the game and kept punching. The Ravens have to make sure it's them.

For the Raiders, it pretty much means one thing these next 11 days: Just hold home serve, baby.

The Silver and Black are below.500 following a three-game losing streak that has changed the course of season's first half.

The plan is for Carr to test the injury pregame Sunday before the Raiders face the Baltimore Ravens, a source told Schefter.

He should be back in time to play the Los Angeles Chargers next week. "It's just going to come down to when (are) we going to get exhausted of getting whooped". That was a while ago, wasn't it?

Sunday's game will mark the third consecutive season in which the two non-divisional foes have played.

The Baltimore Ravens are missing defensive tackle Brandon Williams with a foot injury and their tight end Maxx Williams with an ankle injury. Not exactly what the Raiders were hoping for. Opponents have done a good job shutting down Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree in recent weeks, so Roberts could very well be the X factor in the passing game. He combined to throw for 550 yards, seven touchdowns and a single interception in those contests, both of which Oakland won by less than a touchdown.

Flacco had struggled to get the ball downfield against Jacksonville and Pittsburgh, averaging less than 4 yards an attempt those games.

The Steelers only managed to rush for 70 yards against the Jaguars defense on Sunday and that included running back Le'Veon Bell carrying the football just 15 times in the loss.

"I think you have to have a little question about the confidence level", Del Rio said. But after saying the Ravens needed to hit more chunk plays, Flacco was definitely happy to get the green light on more long balls.

That decision to punt was not Del Rio's favorite talking point after the game.

It seemed like every other possession the Ravens were on the Raiders' side of the 50-yard line, waiting to put up some points.

Several players who were asked about the decision deferred to their head coach.

With Carr out, offensive coordinator Todd Downing would rely on the rushing attack to get the Raiders back into the game. Carr probably isn't a cure-all, but his presence will help.

  • Julie Sanders