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Ravens' offense bounces back in huge road win against Raiders

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Ravens' offense bounces back in huge road win against Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Wallace got excited as soon as he saw the script, knowing he'd have an early chance to deliver the big passing play that has been missing too often this season for Baltimore.

Wallace caught a tone-setting 52-yard pass from Joe Flacco on the first play from scrimmage to set up an early touchdown for the Ravens, and Jimmy Smith added a fumble return for a score on the next drive that helped fuel Baltimore's 30-17 victory over the short-handed Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"I just knew last night when I saw this play call, if we get this play I knew it would be on me to start the game off," Wallace said. "It was going to be a snowball effect. I just had thoughts like that last night. Then we came out and caught them on the first play. Wish I would have scored."

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That pass set up tight end Vince Mayle's 2-yard touchdown run on an end-around and the Ravens (3-2) got going after being held scoreless in losses the past two weeks.

Flacco had struggled to get the ball downfield against Jacksonville and Pittsburgh, averaging less than 4 yards an attempt those games. But the early deep ball to Wallace helped open things up and the two connected later on a 54-yard pass and a 27-yarder, equaling the team's season total of 20-yard pass plays in the previous four weeks.

"It definitely feels good to let the ball go down the field and let Mike go get one," Flacco said. "You can see it on his face, when he starts getting involved, how much he gets revved up and how much it helps our offense."

The Raiders (2-3), playing without injured star quarterback Derek Carr and two key cornerbacks, played from behind all game as Smith returned Jared Cook's fumble 47 yards for a touchdown that made it 14-0 just 3:50 in.

Backup quarterback E.J. Manuel , making his fourth start in the past three seasons, threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree and led another TD drive that ended in Marshawn Lynch's 3-yard run . He finished 13 for 26 for 159 yards.

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But that wasn't nearly enough for the Raiders, who have dropped three straight following a 2-0 start, putting a severe dent in their hopes to challenge in the AFC West.

"It's a big shock to start the season off this way," running back Jalen Richard said. "I don't even know what to say. It's like a bad shock. We just keep getting whooped. It's just going to come down to when (are) we going to get tired of getting whooped."

The Ravens had also lost two in a row following a 2-0 start, but reversed that slide thanks to Flacco and the opportunistic defense. Flacco completed 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards.

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Ravens vs. Raiders: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Ravens vs. Raiders: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

This week, the Ravens' offense is looking to prove that they aren't completely sinking.

After looking to bounce back from their biggest defeat in team history against the Jaguars, the offense couldn't get anything going on Sunday against the Steelers.

They generated 154 yards in three quarters and only one touchdown. Quarterback Joe Flacco was 31 of 49 for 235 yards. He was picked off twice with the Steelers defense sacking him four times.

Now the Ravens are making the trip to the West Coast to take on the 2-2 Oakland Raiders, and a road win would help Ravens fans from reaching for the panic button.

The Raiders lost Sunday to the Broncos but the biggest headline from the game was quarterback Derek Carr exiting the game with a back spasm.

Carr said after the game "my back didn't feel too good", but Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio doesn't think it will be a long-term issue. 

Ahead of Baltimore's game against the Raiders, here's everything you need to know.

Week 5 Ravens vs. Raiders game info:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders

What: Week 5 NFL regular season 

When: 4:05 p.m.. ET, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

Where: Oakland Alameda Coliseum

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: NFL Game Pass, CBS All Access

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 

Point Spread: Oakland, -2.5

Over/Under: 40

Weather: 78 degrees, Sunny

BALTIMORE RAVENS 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1 (Sun, Sept. 10): 20-0  at Cincinnati Bengals (W)

Week 2 (Sun, Sept. 17): 24-10 vs. Cleveland Browns (W)

Week 3 (Sun, Sept. 24): 44-7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (in London) (L)

Week 4 (Sun, Oct. 1): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. (L)

Week 5 (Sun, Oct. 8): at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

Week 6 (Sun, Oct. 15): vs Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.

Week 7 (Sun, Oct. 22): at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.

Week 8 (Thur, Oct. 26): vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:25 p.m.

Week 9 (Sun, Nov. 5): at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10 (Sun, Nov. 12): BYE week

Week 11 (Sun, Nov. 19): at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12 (Mon, Nov. 27): vs. Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Sun, Dec. 3): vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: (Sun, Dec. 10): at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15: (Sun, Dec. 17): at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: (Sat, Dec. 23): vs Indianapolis Colts, 4:30 p.m.

Week 17: (Sun, Dec. 31): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

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Redskins vs. Raiders inactives list: Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed and Mason Foster out

LANDOVER, Md.—After a week of uncertainty about the status of starters Jordan Reed and Rob Kelley, the Redskins have announced their inactives against the Raiders. 

The storylines leading into the matchup have centered on the matchup between quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr, as well as the resurgent return of Oakland's Marshawn Lynch. 

REDSKINS vs. RAIDERS WEEK 3 INACTIVES

The following players are inactive for the Redskins:

  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OL T.J. Clemmings
  • CB Josh Holsey
  • DE Anthony Lanier
  • LB Mason Foster
  • RB Rob Kelley
  • TE Jordan Reed

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Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury that knocked him out of the Redskins’ win over the Rams last week in the second quarter. There was hope all week that he could play as he participated in practice on a limited basis all week. He was listed as questionable for the game. His absence means that Mack Brown will be active for the first time this year. He may get some carries in relief of starter Samaje Perine.

Reed also was questionable. He was out of practice on Monday but he was able to come back and go on a limited basis the next two days. The Pro Bowler is one of Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets and his absence will be felt. Vernon Davis will start in his place and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle is active.

Foster was one of the Redskins’ heroes in the win last week, getting the game-clinching interception. He separated his shoulder during the game and popped it back into place and continued playing. Will Compton will start in his inside linebacker spot. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.