Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders: Prediction, preview, pick to win

Tricia Pearson
October 9, 2017

Carr, who suffered a transverse process fracture in Sunday's loss at Denver, is feeling better and throwing the ball well in practice, but the Raiders are anxious about the effect of a game-day hit. A day later, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Carr would be out at least two weeks and named backup EJ Manuel his starting quarterback. That damages the already disappointing value of WR Amari Cooper and TE Jared Cook.

The Ravens have their own issues at quarterback, although it's not about health.

Both are riding two-game losing streaks that derailed any momentum built from opening the season with back-to-back wins. He was initially diagnosed with back spasms but the injury was later revealed to be a transverse process fracture.

Once upon a time, some people considered Flacco among the group of elite quarterbacks in the National Football League, thanks in part to his success as a starter and helping lead his team to a Super Bowl title in 2012.

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THIRD-DOWN WOES: Figuring out third down on both sides of the field will be important for the Raiders this week.

The game should also be a good litmus test for Oakland's banged-up secondary, even though the Ravens haven't had much success throwing the ball. 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.

Manuel entered this season with a career completion rate of 58.3 percent with almost as many interceptions (16) as touchdown passes (19). Carr left the game with a back spasm. Mack is at the top of his game, coming off two sacks against Denver and with four for the season. The Raiders won the previous two behind fourth-quarter touchdown drives led by Derek Carr. Joe Flacco has struggled to get the passing game going and will have another hard time staying upright in the pocket this week.

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