It is a winnable game for the Raiders, but that's what we said about the Ravens on Sunday. Collins, hurt by fumbles in two of his first three games with the Ravens, finished with 55 yards on 12 carries.
That punt decision seemed to be the team's last gasp on a day when they did nothing well but still were clinging to a chance.
Oakland and Baltimore began the season on high notes but have since hit the skids. 90 of those rushing yards came courtesy of Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette and they came via a long scoring run play with 1:47 left in the game. The Ravens marched down the field for a 15-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a Javorious Allen touchdown punch-in.
"It feels good to let the ball go downfield and let Mike go get one", Flacco said. Backup EJ Manuel will start, but the Raiders are expected to resort to their ground game that will feature Lynch.
The Raiders cannot allow Flacco to use them (once again) to get his game on track.
Marshawn Lynch and Co. have been muted in recent weeks.
"It's going to be a great matchup for us", Manuel said. Oakland used both the running and passing to power down field. "Just getting the ball into the hands of the playmakers to make plays".
Flacco, who missed all of training camp with a back injury, is off to one of the worst starts of his career and has been the target of heavy criticism from fans and media. Last week in relief of Carr, Manuel completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards against Denver.
Michael Wagaman is a freelance writer.
This story has been updated with quotes and post-game material from the Raiders locker room at the Oakland Coliseum.
The game came down to the final play, but once the dust settles the Patriots will be satisfied as a win is a win, and the game also saw quarterback Tom Brady tie Peyton Manning and Brett Favre for the most season wins by a quarterback with 186 victories.
Questionable: LB Anthony Levine Sr. Cooper has caught hauled in just three receptions in the Raiders' past three games including a catch-less afternoon Sunday.
"Listen, I'm going to put it on me every time as a quarterback of this football team", Flacco said on Wednesday according to ESPN.com.
The Oakland Raiders are receiving a nice bonus in Week 5.
But if the Raiders under Del Rio have lost their signature swashbuckle and swagger, that's cause for concern.
The Ravens' offensive line has taken its share of grief this season, but a group that featured three undrafted starters more than held its own against a Raiders defensive front that featured reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack.