Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens: Highlights, recap, final score

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 08: Michael Crabtree
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 08: Michael Crabtree /
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The Oakland Raiders fall to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon in Week 5, 30-17. Here are all the highlights, the game recap and the final score.

It’s tough, but the Oakland Raiders have now lost three games in a row. While they kept it competitive, the Silver and Black fell at home to the visiting Baltimore Ravens, 30-17. A fumble recovery for a touchdown by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith early in the game gave Baltimore momentum the Ravens never vanquished.

Oakland was inconsistent offensively with EJ Manuel at quarterback. While he wasn’t terrible, completing 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown, the passing game lacked dynamism all afternoon.

Manuel would have a few nice completions in place of the injured Derek Carr, but Oakland certainly missed its star quarterback. Hopefully he’s able to go soon, possibly next at home versus the AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers.

Oakland would get a better effort out of its ground game. The Raiders combined to have 108 rushing yards, but that was on 25 carries. At least Marshawn Lynch was able to find goal-line pay dirt to make this game interesting. Lynch’s score would bring the game within seven, but it wasn’t enough to spark the Raiders to victory.

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Perhaps what hurt the Raiders the most in this game were a few big plays surrendered in the passing game. While Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t anything special, he did complete 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards, averaging 8.5 yards per attempt.

It seemed like every other possession the Ravens were on the Raiders’ side of the 50-yard line, waiting to put up some points. Oakland held the Ravens to two offensive touchdowns and three Justin Tucker field goals. However, that early Jared Cook fumble that resulted in the Smith touchdown created the gap Oakland could just never overcome.

Baltimore gets off the hook with its third win of the season. The Ravens are tied for first place in the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 3-2, although the Steelers have the head-to-head tiebreaker at this time.

Oakland is now 2-3 and could be three games back of the Kansas City Chiefs should Kansas City improve to 5-0 on the year against the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football in a few hours. This was a game the Raiders could have definitely won, but an undermanned Oakland team didn’t have enough firepower to knock off the Ravens this week.

Three Stars

  1. Javorius Allen: Allen had 21 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown. He also had four catches for 12 yards.
  2. Eric Weddle: Weddle had seven tackles, four solo and a pass defended.
  3. Michael Crabtree: Crabtree had six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Highlights

Next Game

Oakland will get a division rival at home in Week 6. The Raiders will face the Los Angeles Chargers, a team coming off its first win of the season over the New York Giants in East Rutherford in Week 5. Kickoff from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15 will be at 1:25 p.m. PT, 4:25 p.m. ET. CBS will have the late afternoon telecast.

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At least the Raiders won’t have to leave the Bay Area for their Week 6 game. Los Angeles could be riding high after a Week 5 road win over the Giants. Let’s just hope that this was the last Raiders loss for some time. Better luck next week, guys.