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Three takeaways from Raiders 30-17 loss to Ravens

Raiders lose third straight, struggle to find answers after the game

John Dickinson
October 08, 2017 - 8:17 pm

Raiders season is at a tipping point and it could be slipping away

Playing without starting QB Derek Carr it’s hard to imagine the Raiders could have started the game worse. The Ravens connected on a deep pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace to setup a quick TD. Jared Cook fumbled on the Raiders opening possession and that fumble was returned for a TD to put the Raiders down 14-0 in a blink. Backup QB EJ Manuel fought admirably to rally his team but the deficit created in the first four minutes was too much to overcome in a 30-17 loss to the Ravens at the Coliseum.

The Raiders have lost three straight after a 2-0 start but a bigger issue is that they didn’t look ready to play in the opening minutes of the game. A bigger issue is that their offensive line continued to struggle allowing three sacks. A bigger issue is that they couldn’t get off the field on third down twice then they had a chance to force a punt trailing by only seven late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter. A bigger issue is that Jack Del Rio chose to punt the ball down 10 on fourth-and-3 from the Ravens 44 with just under nine minutes remaining. A bigger issue is that after the game Jack Del Rio and Raiders players appeared stymied by their own frustration at the way they played or that their once promising season was already possibly slipping away after just five weeks. A bigger issue is having left tackle Donald Penn getting out of his car to approach a fan who Penn said threw a bottle at his car while leaving the Coliseum parking lot.

All is not yet lost but it goes without saying the Raiders season is in big trouble. The Raiders are now three full games back of Kansas City in the AFC West. They’re 1.5 games back of the Broncos for second with a head-to-head loss already in hand and muddled in a group of five teams with 2-3 records who sit 10-14 in the conference a game back of the Jets, Patriots and Ravens who are 3-2. The Raiders need to get their QB back ASAP, win against the Chargers and then probably do the same against the Chiefs four days later or their chances of winning the division are likely non-existent.

Cooper still quiet

The struggles continued for Amari Cooper who was targeted just two times and had one reception for eight yards.

Both Jack Del Rio and EJ Manuel addressed Cooper’s lack of involvement after the game.

Injuries piling up

While the Raiders are optimistic Derek Carr will be able to return sooner rather than later, Oakland lost four players to injury in Sunday’s game in addition to four key players who were inactive. CB Antonio Hamilton (knee), LB Cory James (knee), FB Jamize Olawale (concussion) and Marquel Lee (ankle) all left the game and weren’t able to return. TE Lee Smith appeared to injure his right knee in the first half, went to the locker room but did go back in the game. CB David Amerson (concussion), CB Gareon Conley (shin), RG Gabe Jackson (foot) and RB DeAndre Washington (hamstring) didn’t suit up.

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