Derek Carr: 5 reasons Raiders can win in Week 5 without him

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Derek Carr No. 4 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the field during player warm ups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Derek Carr No. 4 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the field during player warm ups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Oakland Raiders fans cheer in the stands prior to their NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Oakland Raiders fans cheer in the stands prior to their NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

This is a home game for the Raiders

The best thing the Raiders have going for them in this Week 5 matchup with the Ravens will be that this game is in Oakland. After two tough games away from home, the Silver and Black return to The Coliseum for some football action.

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Oakland has only played one regular season game at home so far, but it was the team’s best performance up to this point. The Raiders blew out the New York Jets in Week 2, 45-20. Oakland’s offense managed to get in the end zone six times versus the Jets, three through the air and three on the ground.

Not to say that the home crowd will help Manuel put points on the board, but it will give the Raiders two advantages to get a victory on Sunday: running the football and amplifying the pass rush. The ground game evaporated the last two weeks on the road. Look for it to come back on Sunday. Marshawn Lynch will be back in Oakland and ready to put on a show.

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Of course, Mack and company will be brining the heat on Joe Flacco and the rest of the listless Ravens offense. Flacco isn’t overly mobile, nor does he have a great arsenal of offensive weapons at his disposal. Oakland will have to play a sound game on Sunday to beat Baltimore in Week 5, but there is a path way to victory for the Silver and Black, even without Carr.