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It seems that both the LA Chargers and Dodgers had some late game magic working in their favor as Nick Novak drilled a last second field goal to take the battle of California from the Oakland Raiders. This occurring soon after a walk off home run won game 1 of the NLCS for the Dodgers. Returning from a lower back injury, Derek Carr bounced back from an early interception well with a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree midway through the first quarter. The team retook the lead with a field goal before the end of the first half. The Raiders…

Third times a charm, but in the case of the Oakland Raiders, this 3rd is not good, as they 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 looked back. Oakland offensively was inconsistent with backup quarterback EJ Manuel at the helm. While he wasn’t terrible, completing 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown, the passing game lacked energy…

Backups never know when it’s going to happen. They never know when they will get the call to start. The last time EJ Manuel stepped into a regular season game was New Year’s Day and he was wearing a Buffalo Bills Uniform. But this past Sunday, he got his first regular season action with the Raiders, forced into the game late in the 3rd quarter, when Derek Carr left with a back injury.

We all know defense wins championships but I don’t know if the Raiders have gotten that memo just yet. Although the Raiders defense played slightly better than last week, it was not good enough.The offense could not get into the rhythm, dropping their second straight game of the season and losing its first division game to the Denver Broncos, 16-10.

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