Derek Carr: 5 reasons Raiders can win in Week 5 without him

Derek Carr: 5 reasons Raiders can win in Week 5 without him

Denver just seems on a little bit firmer ground on the offensive end, which is why they should cover the 2 1/2 point spread at home. A fracture in your back is not a minor injury, even with a 2-6 week timetable.

Derek Carr's back injury has been confirmed as a transverse fracture, after all. Are you confident EJ Manuel can win on the road?

"We're going against guys who have been to Pro Bowls and we're shutting them down", Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. said. Both Carr and Mariota sustained broken legs in Week 15 last season, which, for all intents and purproses, abruptly ended their respective club's grand postseason ambitions.

"There's some definite positive, encouraging signs that we can build on", Del Rio said. There is no planet where Manuel is considered an upgrade to Carr.

Thomas had a bad drop on a play that could've been a touchdown and also complained to the officials more times than he caught the ball.

In 10 games for the Bills last season, Manuel threw for 1,972 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Aside from the lone pass play, Oakland (2-2) was dominated by the Denver Broncos defense, which held the Raiders to 24 rushing yards, recorded three sacks and sealed the outcome with a Justin Simmons interception - the game's only turnover - with just under two minutes remaining.

Houston has won the AFC South the past two years in large part because of its solid defense.

The Chargers are an impressive 0-4 team, and have lost four straight to the Raiders, so revenge will be at play. Had the Raiders taken the backup quarterback job seriously, Manuel wouldn't be on this roster.

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Carr was promised $125 million over the next five seasons for a reason - he has all of the tools to be one of the NFL's best quarterbacks.

Carr's struggles in the last two games highlighted how lost the Raiders will be without him. Crabtree was injured against the Washington Redskins in Week 3 and had been listed as questionable on the Raiders' injury report, but his condition has since been downgraded by the team. Manuel last won an National Football League game in September 2014.

The Oakland Raiders had an extremely disappointing third week after beating the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets in the first two games. The season toughens in late November when Carr returns.

Will the Raiders still be.500 at that point?

Kaepernick definitely would give the Raiders another option, a more potent one than the other quarterbacks on the roster.

And then come the now undefeated Kansas City Chiefs for a Thursday night game. The team listed him as questionable to return.

Nan Miller had a message for the Broncos as they readied to face their divisional nemesis Sunday afternoon.