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Joe Flacco Rebounds With His Best Game of the Year

Joe Flacco Rebounds With His Best Game of the Year

But it seems like a good time for fans and players to sit down and give some serious, thoughtful consideration to exploring the panic option.

But this wasn't the deal.

After starting the season 2-0, the Oakland Raiders suddenly find themselves in a funk. Since 1990, teams that lose three of their first five games reached the playoffs only 21 percent of the time. Not time to go to Las Vegas yet, not even close.

Driving early in the third quarter to keep his team within striking distance, Manuel once again escaped the Raven rush, which got to him three times despite his best efforts, moving left before finding Seth Roberts along the sideline for a pick-up of 22.

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. Facing a 3rd and 8, Flacco found Wallace for a 27 yard completion to put the Ravens in field goal range to extend their lead to a two-score game at 27-17. Javorius Allen got the bulk of the work with 73 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio does not consider this a homefield advantage. We've got 11 more games.

We know the Raiders lost their quarterback for at least this one game.

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They broke down in plenty of other areas against a team they have to get past just to get out of their own division. The Raiders offensive line , the highest paid in the National Football League , had a rare off day.

"It definitely feels good, but it felt better to get the ball in the end zone at the end of the drive", Flacco said, showing his usual modesty and team-first attitude.

Friday brings some very positive news when it come to Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Buoyed by a strong running game, he was able to connect on some passes and finished 13-of-26 passing for 159 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Jared Cook's fumble return for a touchdown was a brutal follow-up to Baltimore's long opening scoring drive, and Cook was still beating himself up afterward about it, mostly because of the way Manuel played despite being dealt a 14-0 hole. Oakland has lost three straight games for the first time since November 8, 15 and 22 of that season, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

But the respite, such that it was, was brief.

The critical string of matchups at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum begins against a Ravens side that's also 2-2 but has been outscored 70-16 in the past two weeks.

The Baltimore Ravens started the game with a 50 yard bomb to Mike Wallace and instantly showed more offense than they did in the two previous games. Flacco missed the entire preseason with a back injury and hasn't looked right all season. "I think this homestand, this home game (Sunday), is going to be big".

Several players who were asked about the decision deferred to their head coach.

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