Now, they are faced with the diagnosis of a transverse process fracture to the back of quarterback Derek Carr, suffered against the Broncos and in turn thrusting backup EJ Manuel into the lineup. Oakland will be rolling with a backup quarterback in E.J. Manuel, but he has started National Football League games before. It's the first time the Raiders failed to get a first down in consecutive first quarters since 2008. The team is still far too dependent on its quarterback. WR Michael Crabtree (bruised lung) is dealing with his own health issue.
Baltimore is followed to Oakland by the team Los Angeles neither supports or wants, a Chargers side that will enter Sunday's game at the Giants 0-4.
Two different Ravens (2-2) squads have appeared during the season. Over his career, he has 19 touchdowns and 16 interceptions but has not been a regular starter since his rookie season in 2013. I can't believe the Raiders would take a chance with their franchise, but if he's feeling well enough to get out there, they'll probably let him try it out with E.J. Manuel ready to come out of the bullpen early.
The Ravens hold a 6-3 lead in the overall series between the teams, but the Raiders have won the past two meetings, including a 28-27 win at M&T Bank Stadium last season.
I take a look at three key matchups you should be watching come game time. He gained 12 yards on nine carries in last week's loss to Denver.
After quarterback Joe Flacco found Mike Wallace for a 52-yard strike on the first play of the game, West received back-to-back hand-offs. Mack is at the top of his game, coming off two sacks against Denver and with four for the season.
Baltimore and Oakland enter this game with identical two-game losing streaks. "They are not going to change the offense, there is no question about that".
- Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams.