The Oakland Raiders are starting to spiral after another disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 4. The offense was unable to find much room against the Broncos’ vaunted defense, managing only 10 points on the afternoon.
However, the loss was not the worst news as the team later announced that Derek Carr would miss the next two to six weeks with a back injury. Carr is the heart and soul of this Raiders squad and they will now have to figure out ways to manufacture points without their leader.
EJ Manuel is set to be the starter for Week 5 and according to Michael Gehlken of Las Vegas Review-Journal, Amari Cooper has already noticed a difference between the two quarterbacks:
All QBs throw a different ball, Amari Cooper said. "I think EJ throws the ball a little bit harder (than Derek). I have to adjust to that."
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 4, 2017
This may not be the best development for Cooper as he has already had trouble reeling in passes during the 2017 NFL season. Drops have plagued the wide receiver since entering the league and it appears that he still has not found a way to remedy his problem.
Manuel will have his work cut out for him when the Raiders face off against a Baltimore Ravens team boasting one of the best secondaries in the league. Manuel and Cooper will need to connect on some big plays if Oakland hopes to pull out a win.