Ravens, Raiders seek turnarounds after back-to-back losses


"Nobody needs to try to be a hero now that Derek is down".

Fortunately for Oakland, its opponent on Sunday comes to the West Coast dealing with plenty of issues of their own.

Manuel entered this season with a career completion rate of 58.3 percent with almost as many interceptions (16) as touchdown passes (19). After recording eight interceptions in the first two games, the Ravens have just one in the past two games, by Eric Weddle against the Steelers.

In Carr's place, fifth-year signal-caller EJ Manuel will start under center.

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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. In 2013 with the Buffalo Bills, Manuel went 10-for-22 for 167 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions as the Bills beat the Ravens, 23-20. He led a 73-yard drive for a field goal that ended when Jared Cook couldn't catch a well-thrown ball in the end zone. "He has definitely come into his own, but EJ Manuel has also been an National Football League quarterback, and I think the last time we played him, they beat us", veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs said.

Expect for Downing to mix in far more rushing attempts early Sunday, and if the Raiders hope to get their season back on course, they'll need Marshawn Lynch & Co.to find lanes early and often against Baltimore.

"We've got "Beast Mode" this week". I tried to do anything I could to be back out there. "But when it is tough on everybody else, it is just right for us". Since then, Lynch and the running game have been quiet, averaging 2 yards a carry in the previous two weeks. However, Flacco and the Ravens have struggled as a team in recent seasons and in particular the quarterback has not been at his best lately.

Harbaugh stressed the importance of gang tackling Lynch, one of the NFL's most physical runners. "He has a very unique style; he is a very violent runner".