Keys for Raiders offense vs. Ravens Week 5

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The Oakland Raiders have lost two straight games. Oakland has given up 10 sacks through games (seven in the past two weeks) after giving up 18 all of last season.

Both of these teams have an opportunity to be in the mix for a Wildcard spot later in the year, so there is plenty on the line on Sunday. We've beaten the Titans, and the Jets; They've beaten the Browns, and the Bengals. Had quarterback Jameis Winston's final pass to OJ Howard been on target they would have stolen the win from the Patriots. Joe Flacco has struggled to get the passing game going and will have another hard time staying upright in the pocket this week. "We have to be ready".

The Oakland Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 start this season, easily dispatching of the Tennessee Titans on the road, and then the New York Jets at home. "You can't wait till Week 14, Week 15 or Week 16". Corners have had good luck with press coverage on Cooper, who appears to have a confidence problem and has not been physical enough to disengage and get free. This is the third straight meeting between these two teams, with the Raiders winners of the last two matchups. Last year, the Raiders won 28-27 thanks to a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree. Now he gets the nod for Del Rio's team against that ball-hawking Baltimore defense.

The Oakland Raiders are still preparing to start backup quarterback EJ Manuel on Sunday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, though injured starter Derek Carr has made progress in his recovery from a fractured bone in his back.

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Manuel went 11-17 for 106 yards after replacing Carr during Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. Baltimore leads National Football League with nine INTs; Oakland one of four teams with none. That forces E.J. Manuel into the starting role and puts added pressure on the rest of the offense to get moving after struggling the past two weeks.

"I think every home game is a big home game", Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie said. However, the Raiders would like to rely on Marshawn Lynch to anchor the offense, despite his recent struggles. 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.

"These three weeks are going to be important, but we're focused on Baltimore right now". Oakland is a little more banged up than we realized. We later found out it was not your typical back injury.

Our models project Manuel to post 228.0 passing yards, with 1.2 passing touchdowns and 1.1 interceptions.