The Raiders offense struggled for the third straight game, as Oakland fell to Baltimore 30-17.
But Jack Del Rio didn’t give his team a chance to win with a late-game decision to punt.
It was fourth and three from the Baltimore 43-yard line. The Raiders trailed by 10 points with 8:53 left in the fourth quarter.
Del Rio, who normally opts to be the aggressor, elected to punt, rather than give his offense a chance convert the fourth and short.
That decision ended the game.
After Marquette King blasted the punt into the end zone, the Ravens thrashed through the Raiders defense with a drive of 13 plays lasting 6:21.
The Ravens ran the ball 10 times for 42 yards on the drive that ended with a Justin Tucker field goal.
Jack Del Rio did not have confidence in his offense led by back-up quarterback EJ Manuel. The unit that is supposed to be one of the best in the NFL hasn’t given him much reason to put his faith on their success.
But neither has the defense.
The decision might not have mattered, as the offense was unlikely to put up 10 points in the final eight minutes. But Del Rio punted that chance away.
After starting the season 2-0 and looking like a sure bet for the playoffs, the Raiders have lost three straight and will need an incredible turnaround just to make the playoffs.
Next week the Chargers come to Oakland. It is a favorable matchup, but so were the Ravens.
The Raiders are a bad team right now. Maybe the return of Derek Carr brings new life to the offense, but Carr has led the offense to just 17 points in his last seven quarters.
In his absence, Manuel finished with 159 yards on 13 of 26 passing. Amari Cooper’s struggles continued, as he had just one catch for eight yards. Cooper has 4 catches for 23 yards in his last 3 games.
The Raiders did run the ball for 108 yards on 25 carries. Marshawn Lynch had a rushing touchdown, but received just 12 carries for 43 yards. Lynch has not cracked 100 yards this season. He only has 73 total rushing yards in the last three games.
There were plenty of reasons for Del Rio to not trust his offense. But his defense is even less trustworthy.
The Ravens set a season-high in points with 30. Joe Flacco, who had the lowest yard per attempt in the NFL entering Sunday, hit on his first two plays of 50 yards or more this season. Both of those came when Sean Smith was burned by Mike Wallace.
Flacco ended the day completing 73 percent of his passes for 222 yards.
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