NFL Week 5: Ravens Vs. Raiders By The Numbers

NFL Week 5: Ravens Vs. Raiders By The Numbers

NFL Week 5: Ravens Vs. Raiders By The Numbers

Last week was a complete disaster for both the Baltimore Ravens (2-2) and the Oakland Raiders (2-2). Flacco went 19-of-28 for 222 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions to lead the Ravens over the Raiders.

As for Manuel, he finished 11-of-17 for 106 yards and one interception in relief of Carr last Sunday at Denver.

On defense, Ken Norton, Jr. was without cornerbacks Gareon Conley and David Amerson, forcing Sean Smith into a starting role and Dexter McDonald into an expanded role.

Carr a no-go: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr pushed to be available for Sunday's game despite suffering a transverse process fracture the week before, but was ultimate ruled inactive as expected. After two injury-plagued seasons, Edwards appears to have come into his own in Year 3. The first two games went according to plan, easy victories that supported 2017's lofty expectations. Manuel found tight end Jared Cook, who fumbled the ball to have it scooped up by Jimmy Smith. Manuel needs the players around him to step up their game. "You definitely don't want to (try to) get back on track with this guy", linebacker Terrell Suggs said.

The Raiders drove into Baltimore territory on the next drive and faced fourth-and-3 from the Ravens 44 with about nine minutes left. Expect Lynch to get 20 carries this time, with the Raiders looking to sustain drives and increase their offensive snaps. They both were not only winners, but had wins by more than a touchdown.

Baltimore's defense is now tied with the Detroit Lions for the NFL's most takeaways (11) this season and has recorded a league-high nine interceptions through four games. Coach Jack Del Rio opted to punt despite the 10-point deficit, and Marquette King sent it into the end zone for a touchback. With the situation at quarterback, Oakland's best bet might be to rely heavily on the ground game early against a Ravens defense that has been suspect against the run. The 2-0 start had Raiders fans already thinking about the postseason, but the team slipped against the Washington Redskins in Week 3 and then lost to the Denver Broncos in Week 4.

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