The plan is for Carr to test the injury pregame Sunday before the Raiders face the Baltimore Ravens, a source told Schefter. The Ravens would capitalize with a one-yard touchdown run by Javorius Allen to extend their lead. As far as I'm concerned the Raider defensive game plan should be simple; Control Flacco, contain the run, get a turnover (or two), and win the game.
OAKLAND, Calif. - It wasn't that E.J. Manuel was awful - he wasn't in replacing the injured Derek Carr, who has a transverse process fracture - but he was put in a bad spot in the Oakland Raiders' 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. In fact, the Ravens kept Joe Flacco nearly completely clean all afternoon: Oakland managed just two hits and no sacks. The first two games went according to plan, easy victories that supported 2017's lofty expectations. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor stripped Raiders tight end Jared Cook after a 3-yard catch, and Smith headed the other way. The Raiders played three road games in their first four contests and had all-grass fields, but they had the dirt infield to deal with for their first home game because the field had a baseball setup.
After consecutive losses to the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, the Raiders will hope to get back on track and take advantage Ravens who have also struggled as of late.
Flacco now ranks 31 in the National Football League in passer rating (65.0) with DeShone Kizer of the Browns (50.9) the only one behind him among qualified players.
The Ravens signed former Raiders starting right tackle Austin Howard as a free agent in the offseason, which has helped solidify the team's offensive line.
The Ravens did an excellent job of shutting down rushing lanes and gang-tackling the feisty running back.
Down 27-17 and the ball on the Ravens 44-yard line, head coach Jack Del Rio elected to punt the ball on 4th and 3 with 8:50 left on the clock. 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.
And those digits sure would look more promising with a win Sunday.
The veteran quarterback is arguably struggling through one of the more ineffective stretches of his career, the Ravens having not scored in the first half in losses to the Jaguars and Steelers while only producing points on three of the past 25 possessions led by Flacco. Lynch has 45 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown this season, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. On the day, Wallace only caught three passes, but he had a team-high 133 receiving yards to show for it.