To extend even further, only 15 teams that have fallen three games under.500 in Week 5 or later made the postseason.
The Ravens have their own issues at quarterback, although it's not about health.
FAST FACTS: Baltimore has allowed 70 points over its last two games, its most over a two-game span since giving up 70 points in two losses in Weeks 8 and 9 of 2014. It's the first time the Raiders failed to get a first down in consecutive first quarters since 2008.
Baltimore has won seven of its 10 total matchups (including playoffs) against Oakland, although the Raiders won last season 28-27. In that scenario, Carr could realistically return in Week 6, barring a setback.
MANUEL'S MOMENT: Manuel gets another shot to prove he can play in the National Football League after failing in Buffalo. He was selected 16th overall by the Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft. Oakland is a little more banged up than we realized. Manuel showed some good signs in relief last week, completing 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards.
"I'll wait to fully commit", Weddle said. The Ravens know he's better than that. Despite Raider victories in the last couple of contests In his last three meeting against our squad Flacco has tossed six touchdown passes, and thrown only two interceptions.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is going to show up. "That's what it's all about".
These two teams have just one win between them through the entire opening month of the season, and both will not anything less than a win today would be the first nail in the coffin for their seasons.
Losers of two straight, the Baltimore Ravens (2-2) head cross-country to Oakland to try to turn things around against the Raiders (2-2). He gained 12 yards on nine carries in last week's loss to Denver. Raiders (37) and Ravens (36) have fewest offensive plays of at least 10 yards among teams with four games.
One positive has been All-Pro Khalil Mack. The fourth-year pass rusher is coming off two straight seasons with double digit sacks and is on pace to do the same this season. "They are not going to change the offense, there is no question about that". Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders.
- Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams.