Joe Flacco knew the criticism was surrounding him after two straight rough starts that led to losses for the Baltimore Ravens. Perceived strengths now look suspect, and the Raiders are reeling after failing to the Ravens Sunday afternoon.
Wallace beat Raiders cornerback Sean Smith on a go-route down the left sideline for a first down at the Oakland 23. Later today, we will find out just how true that still is. Every Sunday you get a chance to control your own fate.
They have two defensive takeaways in five games now - two more came on special teams - and no interceptions to speak of. "They might not want to call it again". Against the Steelers last week, Flacco finished the game with a 64.6 quarterback rating. The Derek Carr-less Raiders looked great behind EJ Manuel, but it was the combination of mistakes and bad defense in the secondary that failed against a dominant offense in the first half. Crabtree paced the Raider receiving corps with six catches for 82 yards.
-Quarterback EJ Manuel made his fourth National Football League start since the start of the 2015 season and first with the Raiders, replacing Derek Carr, who broke a small bone in his back against Denver in Oakland's previous game.
"No one likes losing, especially (with) the expectations we have for ourselves", defensive end James Cowser said.
Although there was a big fuss after running back Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders it seems the veteran stills needs some time to make big plays this season. The Ravens will host the 1-3 Chicago Bears in Week 6.
"He was pushing pretty hard to play", Del Rio said. It is very important for us, especially after these last two weeks, back being at home in front of your home crowd, being in the stadium and facility and not having to travel.
"It's been bothering him for a few weeks", Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said.
"It hurts", safety Karl Joseph said. "We put a couple new blitzes in there that showed up".
Later in the third quarter, Manuel overthrew Crabtree badly on what would have been a 14-yard touchdown, but the QB's 10-yard scramble two plays later led to a touchdown that brought the Raiders to within 24-17. Jimmy Smith recovered for the 47-yard touchdown giving the Ravens an easy 14-0 lead. His most impressive run of the day might have been a third-and-5 run in the second quarter.
Javorius Allen: Allen had 21 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown.
"I just think we're facing a little adversity right now", linebacker Bruce Irvin said. It's the fifth game.
Mornhinweg obviously got more aggressive, and it worked. "We've got to make sure we take care of our house". They only sacked him a handful of times, but it was the constant pressure that really disrupted the passing game as whole.
Ravens RB Terrance West departed on the opening drive with a left calf injury following a 13-yard run.