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QB EJ Manuel - Oakland Raiders

6-5, 237Born: 3-19-1990College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 16

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Week 15: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Derek Carr has really struggled to lead this Raiders passing offense for most of the season. Carr has played just three games in which his performance ranked him as a top-12 quarterback that week, and all three games came within the first seven weeks of the season. Since Week 8, Carr has just seven passing touchdowns with six interceptions. He has put up some yards, but simply is not scoring points and taking care of the ball. Michael Crabtree had a decent game in his return from suspension last week as he hauled in a season-high seven receptions from 13 targets for 60 yards. Those 13 targets easily led the team as the next closest to him last week were both Cordarrelle Patterson and Jared Cook with six targets each. Amari Cooper was banged up going into last week and tried to play, but he injured his ankle while blocking and could not finish. Cooper is expected to miss more time going forward and may not be available for the remainder of the season. Jared Cook bounced back from a couple dreadful outings as he hauled in five receptions for 75 yards and his second touchdown of the year, but after what we saw from Cook in Weeks 12-13, it is hard to trust him even when in a decent matchup. The Cowboys did a great job against Eli Manning last week as they picked him off twice while allowing just one touchdown and 228 passing yards, however, stopping the Giants offense is not a feat worth boasting given the issues that team has had this season. Leading up to last week, the Cowboys secondary was getting toasted on a regular basis by opposing passing offenses as they were without Orlando Scandrick for the second straight week. This defense has also amassed only five sacks in the last five games with zero sacks in three of those five games, including last week. The Raiders offensive line has been excellent this season, so Derek Carr should be afforded some time to find his receivers here with both Michael Crabtree and Jared Cook having a decent shot at getting open against the Cowboys secondary, especially if Scandrick sits again.

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs BAL (13 / 26 / 159 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)

Derek Carr was held out after suffering a back injury in Week 4 giving Manuel his first start for Oakland. Manuel acquitted himself well. He didn't turn the ball over, used his athleticism to buy time and made some nice plays to extend drives. The Raiders quickly fell into a 21-3 hole but Manuel slowly got Oakland back into the game, making it a one possession game in the third quarter after he led a pair of long touchdown drives. Manuel made some plays with his legs, rushing for a couple key first downs and also escaping the pocket at times to allow his receivers extra time to get open. He scrambled to buy time on a play-action pass that was supposed to go deep to Amari Cooper. When Cooper drew triple coverage, Manuel scrambled to his right and hit Michael Crabtree in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown. Manuel also completed a key third down pass for 22 yards down the left sideline to Seth Roberts after scrambling to buy time. Manuel converted a 3rd-and-9 in the red zone with a weaving scramble in which he eluded multiple Ravens defenders and dove for the first down. He almost scored but came up just a couple yards short.

2017 Week 4 vs DEN (11 / 17 / 106 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Manuel came in mid-series when Carr took a big hit midway through the third quarter. The Raiders were quickly forced to punt and went 3-and-out on Manuel's next series. It took Manuel a little while to get rolling but when he did, he played great. Trailing by nine midway through the fourth quarter, he threw for 73 yards on five plays before stalling out in the red zone, which forced Oakland to settle for a field goal. He threw with authority, accuracy, and plenty of zip on the ball. Manuel almost capped the drive off with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook but Cook couldn't make the sliding catch in the end zone on the perfectly thrown pass. Manuel came close to pulling off a shocking comeback. He had the Raiders driving for a go-ahead touchdown deep in Broncos territory late but threw an interception when he threw it up to give Amari Cooper a jump-ball opportunity.


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