QB Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 214||Born: 3-28-1991||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
2019 Week 1 vs DEN (22 / 26 / 259 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Carr was fantastic in his 2019 debut. He looked confident and in control of the offense and seemed to be having fun, which was a rarity in 2018. He was extremely efficient, completing 85% of his passes. He showed a real rapport with both Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller, who look to be his top targets. After a couple long hookups with Waller to get into the red zone, Carr finished off the opening drive of the game with a bullet between defenders to Williams for an 8-yard touchdown. Carr looked comfortable on play action, executing fakes and turning to find open receivers across the middle. Carr also showed a bit more playmaking than last year. He scrambled on a third down in the red zone and fired a 10-yard pass to Hunter Renfrow just shy of the end zone to setup the Raiders second touchdown. Carr audibled to a play action pass on a 3rd-and-1 when he saw Williams in single coverage and was able to connect on a deep ball for a 43-yard pickup. Facing 3rd-and-8 at the two minute warning, Carr went to Gruden and suggested a screen to Williams. Gruden agreed and Carr was able to complete the pass for 10 yards to essentially ice the game. Overall, it was one of Carr's best performances in recent years.
2019 Week 2 vs KC (23 / 38 / 198 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Carr was hot to start the game. Even with a pair of costly drops, he marched the offense down the field for a field goal on the opening drive. He came right back with a long touchdown drive on the next possession. The big play was a 43-yard pass interference on a play-action deep pass to Ryan Grant. Carr finished the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown strike to Tyrell Williams in the back of the end zone to stake the Raiders to a 10-0 lead. It was all downhill from there. On a 3rd-and-11 in the second quarter, Carr scrambled and sacrificed his body trying to leap over a defender to stretch the ball for the first down but came up a yard short. While the Raiders struggled to move the ball in the second quarter, the Chiefs poured it on with four touchdowns. On the opening drive of the second half, the Raiders quickly pushed deep into Chiefs territory but a 1st-and-goal pass intended for Tyrell Williams was picked off. Carr threw the fade to Williams who was in single coverage and the cor-nerback was able to stymie Williams and position himself to pick it off. Carr had a strange interception on the next drive. His wide receiver was running a quick slant and collided with a Chiefs defender, knocking them both to the ground. He was Carr's target and the pass in his direction was easily intercepted. The refs called pass inter-ference on the Raiders, feeling that the play was a designed pick to open up the crossing route to the tight end. Though considering Carr was targeting the receiver, it was a strange call. The two interceptions ended any realistic chances of a Raiders comeback.
2019 Week 3 vs MIN (27 / 34 / 242 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
With the lack of a running game and the way the Minnesota offense was dominating the Oakland defense, Carr didn't have much margin for error in this game. He didn't even come close to playing well enough for the Raiders to pull off the road upset. Carr (and the Raiders offense in general) didn't do anything in the first quarter. He opened the second quarter with a brutal interception. He was trying to fit it over the linebacker and under the safety to Foster Moreau but the pass sailed on him, flying way over Moreau's head and directly into the arms of the safety. The Vikings took advantage of the short field to score their third touchdown and jump out to an early 21-0 lead. He made a couple easy throws on the next series to lead a 75-yard touchdown drive. Darren Waller did all of the work on a 30-yard screen pass to get the Raiders into Vikings territory. A few plays later he found J.J. Nelson all alone down the left sideline on a flea-flicker that fooled the Vikings defender for a 29-yard touch-down. Any realistic chance of the Raiders mounting a comeback went out the window when Carr overthrew Waller running wide open deep down the left sideline in the two-minute drill before halftime. Carr's second touchdown of the game was in gar-bage time with under two minutes left and the Raiders trailing by 27 points.
2019 Week 4 vs IND (21 / 31 / 189 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr got away with a couple dangerous throws that could have been intercepted but otherwise managed the game extremely well. He led long touchdown drives on three of the Raiders first four possessions. He threw it up high to tight end Fabian Moreau in the front of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown. Carr threw a pretty back shoulder fade to Tyrell Williams for a 19-yard touchdown, throwing it to where only Williams could make a play on the ball. With the Raiders jumping out to an early lead and holding a multi-score lead for most of the game, the play calling was very conservative in the second half. Carr narrowly missed a third touchdown pass on a ball thrown slightly behind Tyrell Williams in the center of the end zone. It wasn't a perfect pass but should have been caught. It was a solid, workman-like performance from Carr.
2019 Week 5 vs CHI (25 / 32 / 229 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
The Raiders didn't ask Carr to do much in this game. With very little talent to work with at wide receiver, almost everything was short passes to tight ends and running backs. Carr completed just seven passes for 65 yards to his wide receivers. Carr did manage the game well. He didn't throw any interceptions, which probably ended up being the difference in the game. Carr also did a great job of getting rid of the ball to avoid sacks. Against Khalil Mack and the Bears fierce pass rush, he wasn't sacked once. Multiple times, he was able to fling the ball towards the feet of an eligible receiver just in time to avoid the sack. Carr did have on turnover on a pitch play to Josh Jacobs. The two didn't look like they were on the same page as the ball flew right past Jacobs and was recovered by the Bears. Carr looked like he had a short touchdown pass to Trevor Davis but the Bears were able to punch the ball out just before Davis crossed the goal line. Everything from Carr was short in this game and he attempted very little in the way of difficult downfield throws. His best throw of the game came in the final few minutes, perfectly placing it into a tight window where only tight end Foster Moreau could grab it. Moreau made the difficult catch just shy of the goal line to setup the game-winning touchdown run.
2019 Week 7 vs GB (22 / 28 / 293 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
With Aaron Rodgers slicing through the Raiders defense, Carr needed to be almost perfect for the Raiders to have a chance to pull off the upset in Green Bay. He wasn't. His biggest mistake came a few minutes before halftime. On 2nd-and-goal from the three yard line, he bought some time then scrambled right and took off toward the end zone. He put the ball in his left hand and tried to dive along the sideline and extend the ball inside the pylon. However, it slipped out of his hand and flew out of the end zone for a touchback. Instead of the Raiders taking a 17-14 lead, the fumble followed promptly by a Packers touchdown put the Raiders in a 21-10 halftime hole. There were some positives in Carr's performance, however. Despite throwing to a young and not particularly talented group of receivers, Carr averaged over 10 yards per attempt and completed 22 of 28 attempts. He showed great touch on some fades along the sideline that went for big gains to Keelan Doss, Marcell Ateman, and Darren Waller. With the injuries at wide receiver, Carr has been especially reliant on his tight ends. He and Darren Waller have a tremendous connection. The two hooked up for a 7-yard touchdown in the middle of the end zone. They also had a 28-yard touchdown connection that was called back due to a holding call on the backup right tackle (who struggled at time filling in for Trent Brown). When Waller lines up outside with a smaller cornerback on him, Carr has shown confidence and accuracy when throwing it high and allowing Waller chances to go up and get it. Carr threw a late interception in the end zone trying to get it to Waller despite double coverage. It ended any outside chance the Raiders had of making a comeback and Gruden elected to have Mike Glennon play out the string in the final seven minutes of garbage time.
2019 Week 8 vs HOU (18 / 30 / 285 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr performed well on the road in a tough environment. He threw an 8-yard touchdown to Darren Waller, who ran it in after catching a short dump off. Hunter Renfrow also did most of the work on his 65-yard touchdown. He caught a quick slant and split a pair of defenders to get loose for a long run after the catch. Carr's best play was his 46-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams. He was able to buy time by rolling to his right and then made an accurate pass while getting hit that allowed Williams to catch it in stride and take it the rest of the way to the end zone. Carr was a little off with his accuracy targeting Darren Waller. He just missed him high a couple times and also had Waller open on a key fourth-quarter third down play and threw it too low, allowing the trailing linebacker to get his hands on it.
2019 Week 9 vs DET (20 / 31 / 289 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr had his best game of the season, playing near flawlessly. He showed much better pocket presence than we have typically seen from him. His confidence in his blockers is lightyears ahead of where it was last year. Some of his most impressive plays came on terrible shotgun snaps from the backup center. He snagged one off of his shoelaces on the opening drive and was still able to deliver a quick strike to Hunter Renfrow to keep the chains moving. A terrible snap bounced past him in the second quarter and he was able to pick it up on the run, elude a defender and throw the ball away to keep the Raiders in position for a manageable field goal attempt. Carr made some highlight-reel worthy throws as well. On a 3rd-and-12, he handled another bad snap and then drilled it into a small hole between two Lions defenders for a 14-yard pickup to Tyrell Williams. He showed tremendous touch on a deep wheel route to Jalen Richard, dropping it into a bucket over Richard's shoulder between a trio of Lions defenders in the area for a 31-yard pickup. He had an easy 3-yard touchdown pass to Foster Moreau, who was wide open after finding an open spot in the zone. Carr made a really nice play on the game-winning 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow. Nothing was open initially so Carr sprinted to his left to buy time. Renfrow came open and Carr made a perfect pass on the run for the score.
2019 Week 10 vs LAC (21 / 31 / 218 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Carr was off target on too many passes in the first half. He threw it a couple feet too high to Tyrell Williams rolling to his right. He put too much air underneath a pass to Zay Jones, which led to an incompletion. Carr settled in a bit in the second half but there were few highlight throws, with many of the completions going to underneath targets. 10 of Carr's 21 completions went to running backs. His lone touchdown was a short pass to fullback Alec Ingold, who was uncovered after a play-action fake. Carr did take care of the ball, which ended up being the difference in the game. He has just one interception total in his last six outings.
2019 Week 11 vs CIN (25 / 29 / 292 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 1 / 1 rush)
Carr was efficient but he and the Raiders offense weren't as productive as they could have been against the Bengals defense. Carr completed his first 14 passes and had only five incompletions on the day. He hit Foster Moreau for a 2-yard touchdown on a misdirection play that fooled the Bengals defense and left Moreau all alone for an easy throw and catch. Carr just missed Darren Waller for what should have been a 3-yard touchdown. It looked like Carr expected Waller to sit down in the open spot in the zone while Waller instead kept running, causing the throw to be behind him. Aside from the one misstep with Waller, he and his top targets had a nice connection on the day. Carr hooked up with Tyrell Williams on four downfield passes, each of which went for gains of at least 17 yards. He had three 20+ yard completions to Darren Waller (one of which was brought back due to a penalty). Carr also hit Renfrow for big gains on a number of 3rd down conversions. He became a little too predictable in his 3rd-down reliance on Renfrow with a Bengals safety jumping the quick slant to Renfrow and picking Carr off.
2019 Week 12 vs NYJ (15 / 27 / 127 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
The Raiders got blown out. Gruden threw in the towel late in the third quarter, pulling Carr and some other key starters. This season, Carr has benefited from the strong running game putting him in manageable downs and distances. That wasn't the case in this one. The Jets shut down Oakland's running game and consistently forced Carr and his receivers into 3rd-and-long. On the 11-play opening drive, Carr converted on a pair of long third downs with completions to Jalen Richard and Tyrell Williams. The Raiders were forced to settle for a field goal when Hunter Renfrow dropped a third-down pass. Those were the only points they'd get. The next drive died when Tyrell Williams had a bad drop on 3rd-and-long after Carr stepped up and threw a perfect pass. Drops were a huge problem all came in inclement weather. Carr hung Hunter Renfrow out to dry, leading him into a huge hit that jarred the ball loose and caused the next drive to stall. Carr threw a pick six trying to force it to Tyrell Williams on a short route over the middle. The defender arrived with the ball and got an arm on it to deflect it to a nearby teammate, who ran it in to put the Jets up 31 points midway through the third quarter. Carr went back out there for one more series. It ended when a free rusher up the middle forced Carr to throw it away. Gruden went to Mike Glennon the next possession.
2019 Week 13 vs KC (20 / 30 / 222 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
It was another rough outing for Carr, who threw a pair of early interceptions that put the Raiders in a big hole they never came close to digging themselves out of. Carr was fooled by the Chiefs coverage on an opening-drive interception when he tried to hit Darren Waller on a deep post. Tyrann Mathieu let his defender go and cut right in front of Waller for the interception. Carr got fooled again a couple possessions later. The deep safety jumped the slant route and Carr threw it right to him for a pick six that put the Raiders into a 21-0 first-half hole. With Hunter Renfrow out, Carr's rapport with his wide receivers was non-existent. He completed just four passes for 34 yards to his wide receivers. All but one of those completions to wide receivers came on a garbage time drive in the final minutes with the Raiders trailing 38-3. Carr hit Derek Carrier for a meaningless 4-yard touchdown with less than a minute left to make the score look slightly less lopsided.
2019 Week 14 vs TEN (25 / 34 / 263 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Carr was effective in the first half, leading three touchdown drives. He took advantage of a broken coverage to hit Rico Gafford for a 49-yard touchdown. Gafford was wide open down the right sideline and Carr spotted him and delivered an on-target deep ball. He also connected with Foster Moreau for a short touchdown. Carr rolled to his right after a play action fake and directed traffic before finally tossing it to Moreau in the back of the end zone. Carr's biggest problem was a lack of aggressiveness at times. He settled for underneath completions short of the line to gain on multiple third-down plays. With the Raiders defense unable to stop Tennessee, he couldn't afford to play it safe. Late in the game and trailing by three scores, the Raiders went for it on 4th-and-goal. Carr scrambled to buy time and then just threw it away without even trying to give one of his receivers a chance. There was no downside to throwing it into traffic so the toss into the stands was a puzzling decision.
2019 Week 15 vs JAX (22 / 36 / 267 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Carr had a strong game despite fairly modest numbers. He hit Tyrell Williams for a 40-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Carr hit Williams in stride over the middle on a crossing route and Williams broke a tackle to get loose for the long score. Carr was on the same page with Darren Waller throughout the game, hooking up with his big tight end for a number of chunk gains. Sacks and penalties caused a few Raiders drives to stall but it looked like the game was in hand. With the Raiders looking to ice the game late, Carr ran for 11 yards and slid before going out of bounds prior to the two-minute warning. The refs made the incorrect call judging he went out of bounds, which may have been the difference in the game. The Raiders missed a field goal and Jacksonville had enough time to score the go-ahead touchdown. Carr got the ball back with thirty seconds left and quickly got the team in position for a couple Hail Mary attempts. Both were batted down in the end zone.
2019 Week 16 vs LAC (26 / 30 / 291 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 1 rush)
Carr did an excellent job of managing the game. Almost all of his passes were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage but he was able to hit his guys in stride to allow for yard after the catch opportunities. On the Raider first possession, he hit Hunter Renfrow on a short slant and Renfrow was able to bounce off of a tackle and get past the safety who flew down at a bad angle to get loose for a 46-yard touchdown. The Raiders next couple drives were plagued by penalties and Carr checked it down on 3rd-and-longs to play the field position game. He was masterful in the two-minute drill before halftime, driving the team 75 yards in under two minutes to take the lead into halftime. He picked apart the Chargers soft coverage with underneath throws to get deep into the red zone. From there, he took it himself. After a play-action fake he rolled right and could have tried to throw it up to Darren Waller sprinting along the back of the end zone but instead tucked it and ran, beating the chasing linebacker to the pylon for a 3-yard rushing touchdown. With the lead, the Raiders went extremely run heavy in the second half. Carr was able to come up with some short 3rd-down completions, mostly to Hunter Renfrow, to keep the chains moving.
2019 Week 17 vs DEN (29 / 46 / 391 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr threw for 391 yards against the Broncos. It was his first game with 300+ passing yards all season. Much of the yardage was racked up after the catch. Darren Waller caught a short screen pass near the line of scrimmage and broke loose for a 75-yard gain. The second-longest gain of the day, 33 yards, also came on a screen pass. Carr and the Raiders offense moved the ball well between the 20s but consistently bogged down in the red zone. The Raiders first three drives each stalled out in the red zone and they came away with a total of just three points on the drives. Carr missed a wide open Hunter Renfrow in the end zone on the opening drive, which ended up costing the Raiders seven points when the short field goal attempt was mixed. Carr missed Renfrow once more later in the game but otherwise showed a strong rapport with the emerging rookie. Both Renfrow and Waller had 100+ receiving yards on the day and were Carr's favorite targets throughout. Carr led a long touchdown drive in the final minute of the game, throwing a 3-yard touchdown strike to Hunter Renfrow to pull the Raiders within one point at 16-15. They went for two points and the win and Carr's pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (29 / 40 / 303 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Carr started off hot before everything fell apart in the second half. In the opening drive of the season, Carr led the team on a 75-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 45-yard completion on a slant route to Jared Cook. Carr was sharp for most of the first half, including a spectacular throw on a deep out to Cook for a 28-yard gain to set up a field goal. Carr completed 20 of 24 passes for 199 yards at the half. His lone early mistake came on an under-thrown end zone fade route to Cook. Carr didn't lead him enough, which allowed the safety to pick it off. The second half was an unmitigated disaster. Prior to a garbage-time drive in the two minutes, the Raiders offense netted just 82 total yards of offense in the half. Carr was also responsible for two of the most poorly thrown interceptions of the season to date. The first was most inexplicable. It was unclear if he was trying to hit Jordy Nelson down the left sideline or if he was attempting to throw the ball away and just didn't put enough on it to get it out of bounds. The ball floated directly to Rams linebacker Cory Littleton for an easy pick. The second interception, returned for a touchdown by Marcus Peters, came on a crossing route with Carr trying to hit Cook. It appeared Cook slowed up part way through the route but the throw was ill-advised regardless. If Cook slowed, it was likely because he saw that Peters had jumped the route and didn't expect Carr to make the awful choice to throw the pass. The Rams defense is going to give a lot of quarterbacks fits this season but Carr has to play much better or the Raiders are going to have a rough season.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (29 / 32 / 288 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was an historically efficient day for Carr, who was the first quarterback in NFL history with 30+ attempts to complete 90% of his passes. He was incredibly accurate all day and in command of the offense. However, the efficiency numbers are misleading in terms of actual impact. Many of the completions came on quick, short passes and there were multiple 3rd-down completions short of the sticks. In fact, the Raiders converted just 3-of-10 third downs, which largely explains how Oakland could score just 19 points despite Carr completing 91% of his passes. Two of the three 3rd-down conversions did come on very well thrown passes to Amari Cooper and the duos much-improved chemistry was the biggest positive takeaway from the game for the Raiders. Carr got away with a big mistake early. He held the ball far too long, allowing Von Miller to strip the ball. The Broncos recovered but the play was wiped out by a defensive holding call. Carr's lone touchdown pass of the day came on a 20-yard strike to Seth Roberts. He drilled it in with some heat between the corner and the safety.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (27 / 39 / 345 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Carr and the Raiders have been getting off to quick starts each week, before gradually fading. This week was no different. Carr had already thrown for 150 yards midway through the first quarter. Carr and Nelson hooked up for a pair of 60+ yard completions in the first quarter. They also connected for a 12-yard touchdown on a busted coverage, which allowed Carr to hit Nelson in the middle of the end zone with no Dolphins within 10 yards of him. Carr nearly had a second touchdown pass early. On 3rd-and-goal from the nine, a shovel pass to Jared Cook worked well but Cook came up just inches shy of the end zone. Carr also came up inches shy of a touchdown pass on a later completion to Cook that also came up inches shy of the end zone. The play was originally ruled a touchdown but overturned on replay. Carr threw two interceptions on the day. The first was on an ill-advised deep ball to Amari Cooper who was surrounded by three defenders. The second may have decided the game. Down 21-17 with under three minutes to play and in the red zone, Carr tried to hit Martavis Bryant on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone. He was hit as he was released which cause the ball to flutter a bit and allowed Xavien Howard to go up and take the ball away from Bryant. Overall, it was a decent game from Carr but he made one too many mistakes to help the Raiders earn their first victory of the year.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (35 / 58 / 437 / 4 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
It was a sloppy game for Carr, who threw multiple interceptions for the third time in four games. However, he played through the mistakes, got hot late, and was able to lead an improbable comeback to force overtime. While he didn't have his A-game most of the way, he showed a lot of grit and determination. The overall numbers are impressive for Carr but the yardage totals were inflated due to the Raiders running a whopping 90 plays and Carr dropping back to pass 61 times. The game started off on a shaky note. Carr had Jordy Nelson streaking down the middle of the field with no defender even close to him and he badly underthrew it on what should have been a 72-yard touchdown. Carr also threw a pair of interceptions. He sailed a ball down the middle into double-coverage trying to hit Jared Cook on an interception just before halftime. He also threw an interception trying to hit Martavis Bryant in double coverage early in the third quarter. He put too much air under the pass and it floated long enough for the safety to come over the top and out leap Bryant for the ball. After a turnover gave the Raiders the ball deep in Cleveland territory, Carr hit Jared Cook over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. After a long Lynch run, Carr missed Amari Cooper for what should have been an easy touchdown 10-yard touchdown throw. He simply misfired high with the pass. Carr bounced back the next drive throwing a perfectly-placed fastball over the middle to Jordy Nelson for a 19-yard touchdown. Carr was able to move the ball effortlessly down the stretch. He led a 66-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that stalled inside the Browns 10-yard line when Carr and Cooper weren't on the same page on a fourth down pass play. The Raiders were able to get the ball back late and Carr led a 53-yard touchdown drive in less than a minute, hitting Jared Cook for a 7-yard touchdown. He then connected with Jordy Nelson on a fade route for the game-tying two-point conversion. In overtime, Carr led a long drive to setup a missed 50-yard field goal attempt. The next possession, he drove the team 70 yards for a game-winning field goal.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (24 / 33 / 268 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr had a rough game. The deck was stacked against him to some extent with a pair of overmatched rookie tackles starting. The duo had a number of costly penalties and gave up pressures far too often. Carr made a few nice throws early, including a long completion down the sideline to Martavis Bryant perfectly place behind the corner and short of the safety. He also had a few decent moments escaping pressure and making plays, including a desperation dump off to Jalen Richard that went for 32 yards. However, there were more lowlights than highlights on the day. Perhaps because of the pressure, Carr was too willing to check down on third down and dump it off well short of the first down marker. He also threw away any chance of the Raiders staging a late comeback with an awful interception in the end zone. Instead of running the ball with Lynch on 1st-and-goal from the 1 yard line, the Raiders ran play action. It wasn't open immediately, so Carr backpedaled and then inexplicably decided to throw back across his body to the middle of the end zone, right into the hands of Melvin Ingram. Carr has made way too many of these head-scratching decisions that have led to interceptions this season. Carr scored a garbage-time touchdown on a 1-yard pass to an uncovered Jordy Nelson. Carr snapped the ball before either the defense or two of his own receivers were set. For some reason the play wasn't blown dead and Carr was able to toss it out wide to Jordy Nelson before the cornerback could get out to cover him.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (23 / 31 / 142 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
Despite the dismal results and ugly stat line (4.6 yards per attempt), Carr actually played better than he had in recent weeks. Instead of forcing the ball into coverage, he was able to scramble for a first down on three different plays. He had the longest run of the day with a 15-yard run and slide up the middle. Carr was doomed to failure given the Seahawks total domination at the line of scrimmage. He was officially sacked six times and it actually would have been eight sacks but Seattle had two negated by penalties. Top guard Kelechi Osemele was sidelined and veteran tackle Donald Penn is out for the season, which has left a raw third-round rookie starting at right tackle. But the biggest problem was the play of rookie left tackle Kolton Miller who was absolutely destroyed by Seahawks end Frank Clark. The lack of pass protection meant the only thing working at all was quick dink and dunk passes because there wasn't time for anything deeper down the field to develop. Every time a deeper, slower-developing play was called, Carr was either sacked or forced to scramble. His only deep completion of the day, a 28-yard connection deep down the right sideline to Amari Cooper, was called back due to a holding call on backup guard John Feliciano. It was that kind of day for Carr and the Raiders. A few plays later, he was hit from behind and lost a fumble when Frank Clark blew by Miller. Carr had another lost fumble later in the game when Miller was instantly thrown to the ground after the snap. Carr took a big hit and landed awkwardly on his shoulder on the final sack of the game. Gruden pulled him for A.J. McCarron at that point but it didn't matter as Seattle held the ball for over eight minutes on the final drive to clinch the game.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (21 / 28 / 244 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 1 rush)
In what felt like a make or break game for Carr in terms of his long-term outlook with the Raiders, he came out and had one of the best games of his career. He was accurate, decisive, and did a fantastic job of navigating the pocket under pressure. He also did a great job managing the game, causing the Colts defense to jump offsides four times with a hard count. Carr had his most complete game of the season despite the Raiders fielding a wide receiver crew made up almost entirely of journeymen. The Raiders game plan reflected the lack of talent at wide receiver -- 15 of Carr's 21 completions went to running backs and tight ends. Carr was extremely efficient on the passes to backs and tight ends with the 15 completions coming on just 16 attempts. He continues to have a great rapport with Jared Cook. The duo hooked up for a 10-yard gain over the middle, with Carr delivering a strike into double coverage while taking a hit. They also connected on a 25-yard touchdown. Carr pump-faked to Martavis Bryant, which sucked up the defenders and helped Cook get open on a post route. He hit him just inside the ten yard line and Cook was able to split a pair of defenders to get into the end zone. Carr also hit Cook for a 30-yard gain on one of his few poor throws of the day. Cook was behind the defense for what would have been a long touchdown but Carr under threw him slightly. He made up for it a few plays later though, breaking a tackle and stepping up to hit Brandon LaFell for a 6-yard touchdown. Carr threw a 31-yard touchdown pass down the seam to Seth Roberts on a busted coverage. Carr also scored a rushing touchdown. He leaped over the top for a 1-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal. He was initially ruled short but he clearly got the ball over and the play was overturned on replay.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (16 / 21 / 171 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr quickly drove the team into the red zone on the opening possession with completions to five different receivers but a red zone holding penalty forced Oakland to settle for a field goal. It was all downhill from there. The offensive line was a disaster. Either a sack or holding penalty directly caused every single drive to stall. Carr was pulled from the game early in the fourth quarter after taking his seventh sack. While success was impossible given the offensive line struggles, Carr didn't play well either. His longest completion of the day, a 25-yarder to Jalen Richard, probably should have been picked off. A defender undercut the short route but the ball went through his hand and ricocheted to Richard.
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (24 / 37 / 243 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Things started off okay for Carr and the Raiders offense. Aided by a fake punt to keep the opening drive going, the offense drove down to the goal line but got stuffed short of the goal line after deciding to go for it on fourth down. The second drive was also promising, with completions of 12 yards to Brandon LaFell and 8 yards to Martavis Bryant. The Raiders would have to settle for a field goal due to a bad drop by Jared Cook. Oakland again moved the ball well on the third drive, with Carr efficiently completing short passes before what was probably the defining play of the game. Facing third down just outside the red zone, the Chargers blitzed and got free up the middle to strip sack Carr. The sack was unavoidable but Carr should have seen the defender coming and tucked the ball away. The play flipped the momentum and sent the Raiders offense into a funk. While the pass protection was slightly improved, Carr was still sacked four times. There was simply not enough time to try to throw the ball deep down the field, since those play calls were leading directly to sacks. The offensive line issues became especially pronounced after the Raiders fell behind by 14 points in the second half. Carr's worst play of the game came on a 4th-and-5 with just under five minutes remaining. The Chargers got some pressure and forced Carr to roll out to his right. He threw the ball at the feet of a running back to avoid an intentional grounding call. Perhaps the conservative move would have been appropriate in a different situation but on fourth down, with the game on the line, it was an awful decision. At least throw the ball up for grabs and see if one of your receivers can make a play. An interception is no different than giving up and grounding it.
2018 Week 11 vs ARI (19 / 31 / 192 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr took advantage of excellent field position following Josh Rosen interceptions to lead a pair of short touchdown drives. After taking over deep in Cardinals territory, he hit Jared Cook for a 23-yard touchdown on the opening possession. It was a sluggo route and a Carr pump-fake froze the defender, helping Cook to create massive separation for an easy pitch and catch in the right corner of the end zone. The second short scoring drive culminated in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. He ran an out route and Carr rolled right and perfectly placed the throw on the move for LaFell to make the catch along the sideline of the end zone. Carr had shown a nice rapport with LaFell in recent weeks, so his loss to an Achilles tear is yet another blow to Carr and this passing offense. Carr was hurt by a couple of drive-killing third-down drops and the pass protection was again a major issue. John Gruden and Carr had a couple spirited shouting matches on the sideline. One initiated by Gruden after a decision by Carr to go deep on a 3rd-and-5 and the second initiated by Carr after Gruden decided to punt on 4th-and-1 from the Cardinals 38-yard line. Carr was able to lead a last-minute drive to setup a game-winning field goal and the sideline spats were explained away as no big deal.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (16 / 34 / 194 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was another mediocre fantasy day for Carr. He isn't being put into position to succeed. The wide receivers did an extremely poor job of separating from the Baltimore cornerbacks and a couple long completions were called back due to offensive pass interference. The pass protection was again mediocre, especially once the Raiders fell behind. Carr was sacked three times and was forced to throw it away quite a few times as well. While the deck was stacked against him, Carr also has to shoulder some blame for the poor offensive performance. He had Marcell Ateman open deep down the field a couple of times and overthrew him. Some of that could be chalked up to a lack of chemistry and Carr overestimating Ateman's speed but Carr should know that he shouldn't lead a 4.6 guy the same way he would Amari Cooper. Even Carr's lone touchdown pass was unimpressive. Jared Cook was wide open on a busted coverage and Carr floated the ball behind him and too far outside, forcing Cook to twist around and make a difficult catch while falling down. The game was put away when Carr had his arm hit from behind, causing a fumble which was returned for a touchdown.
2018 Week 13 vs KC (29 / 38 / 285 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Carr did a tremendous job maneuvering in the pocket to buy time and threw a dart to Marcell Ateman in the back of the end zone for what was almost a 33-yard touchdown, but Ateman couldn't control it as he hit the ground. A pass attempt to Seth Roberts in the end zone drew a pass interference penalty to set up a short rushing touchdown. Carr hooked up with Jared Cook for a number of long gains, including a 24-yard touchdown. On the play, Carr pump-faked right to hold the safety and then fired it into the back of the end zone to Cook. Carr also hooked up with his other tight end, Lee Smith, for a 1-yard touchdown pass off of play action. He did a good job avoiding pressure just enough to loft it to Smith, who was uncovered. Carr got hot in the second half and pulled the Raiders back to within three points, 33-30, after tossing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Ateman.
2018 Week 14 vs PIT (25 / 34 / 322 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr had a strong day, showing off both his touch and ability to throw fastballs when needed. He was able to loft it in over trail coverage and in front of the safety on long completions to Marcell Ateman and Jared Cook. Carr had to use his big arm to squeeze it into tight spots a few times, including a key third-down completion to Jordy Nelson fired into a tiny opening. Carr had to work behind a poor offensive line, which drew a number of penalties that put the offense behind the chains. He also took four sacks, a couple of which were unavoidable. Carr did deserve the blame for one sack when he held the ball far too long. Aside from taking the sack, he really only made one big mistake in the game. Carr had the ball slip out of his hand as he was attempting a pass and it was ruled a fumble. The ball came out as he wound up to throw despite no defender being near him. It cost the Raiders three points. Carr led a pair of long touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to lead a come-from-behind victory. He capped one off with a 3-yard touchdown to backup tight end Lee Smith. Smith came wide open off of play action. The game-winning, 6-yard touchdown pass was to the other backup tight end, Derek Carrier. It came on 4th-and-goal in the final thirty seconds of the game. Carrier ran a great route and was wide open for an easy throw and catch.
2018 Week 15 vs CIN (21 / 38 / 263 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr has now started nine games since his last interception, though it took some luck to keep the streak alive. On one of his first pass attempts, he threw it straight into the chest of Bengals safety Shaun Williams for what should have been an easy pick six but Williams dropped it. Carr did have one turnover on the day, though it is hard to pin the blame on him for the strip sack. Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard blew by left tackle Kolton Miller and drilled Carr from the blindside. Hubbard almost had a strip sack from the other side on the next possession. He hit Carr's arm and knocked the ball out as Carr started to throw but it was ruled an incomplete pass. Pass blocking was a major issue all day for the Raiders. Miller struggled at left tackle and Oakland's interior also had issues, which was understandable since the top three guards were all sidelined. On the day, Carr was sacked five times and hit another seven times. Carr threw a 1-yard touchdown off of play action to a wide-open Lee Smith. He should have had a second touchdown when Jordy Nelson was left all alone on a broken coverage. Carr put way too much air under the pass and didn't lead Nelson, which forced him to slow down and come back for it. He made the catch and was tackled at the 7-yard line. It was good for a 44-yard gain but the Raiders were eventually forced to settle for a field goal on the drive.
2018 Week 16 vs DEN (19 / 26 / 167 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Carr had a solid outing in the rare game where the Raiders were mostly able to control things with their defense, special teams, and running game. It looked like the Raiders ran a lot of read option plays with Carr reading the outside linebacker and throwing a quick pass to the tight end in the flat if the linebacker stayed to the middle of the field or handing off if the quick throw outside wasn't there. They had some suc-cess with the play, throwing to both Jared Cook and Darren Waller. It also helped open up some room between the tackles for Doug Martin. Carr took an early sack but otherwise the pass protection held up surprisingly well. He did a good job navigating the pocket and made a couple plays after scrambling to extend the play, including an 11-yard pass to Seth Roberts to setup a field goal just before halftime. With Oakland controlling the game and playing with a big lead most of the way, there were even fewer deep shots than normal. Carr threw a lot of quick passes to the flats and checked down to short passes quite a bit even when he did have time to throw. The safe strategy made sense this week given the early lead and Carr extended his streak to 10 games without an interception.
2018 Week 17 vs KC (24 / 33 / 185 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr turned it over on three of the Raiders first four drives (and the other ended in a Doug Martin fumble). Carr's streak of 10 games without an interception ended in brutal fashion. The Raiders were at midfield and moving the ball. Jared Cook was split out wide and had Daniel Sorensen on him in single coverage. Carr saw the favorable matchup and audibled at the line. Cook never saw the hand signal and, thinking it was a run play, didn't run a route at all just lightly jogging off the line. Carr threw it in his direction anyway and Sorensen grabbed it and took it 55 yards the other way for a touchdown that put the Raiders in an early 14-0 hole early. Carr had the offense mov-ing again on the next drive, dinking and dunking his way down the field with quick slants and other short routes. When Oakland finally dialed up a deeper pass, rookie left tackle Kolton Miller got beat badly and Carr had the ball stripped from behind. The big problem for the Raiders offense this season has been that the offensive tackle play makes taking deep shots impossible. Then the lack of any real deep threat allows defenses to play more aggressively and make the short passing game more difficult. The next drive, Carr had his third turnover of the first half. He tried to hit Cook on a crossing route but threw it right into the hands of Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland who returned it 67 yards before getting knocked out of bounds just shy of the goal line. In a 21-0 first half hole, the Raiders seemed to give up and just play out the string the rest of the way.
2017 Week 1 vs TEN (22 / 32 / 262 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Carr was excellent and fully in control of the offense. He showed off his elite arm strength and accuracy on some difficult throws. He did sail a few easier throws, but overall was very good. It took the Raiders all of four plays (and two minutes) to go 50 yards and score their first touchdown of the season after the Titans attempted an onside kick to open the game. Carr completed all three of his passes for 36 yards on the opening drive, capped off by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. Cooper caught a short slant and did all of the heavy lifting in getting the ball into the end zone. The Carr-Cooper had some highlights, but also misfired quite a bit. Carr threw it over Cooper's head on three different plays over the course of the game. The duo was also unable to hook up on three straight attempts from the 2-yard line. Carrying over a theme from last season, Carr was again masterful running the hurry-up offense. He drove the team 41 yards in 43 seconds for a field goal before half time. Carr's best throw of the day was a bullet placed perfectly in between three defenders for a 19-yard touchdown to Seth Roberts. He even looked off the safety before firing off the perfect pass.
2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (23 / 28 / 230 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr made it look easy against an overmatched Jets secondary. He identified and took advantage of mismatches with his talented receiving weapons often facing single coverage and took care of the ball with safe, high-percentage throws. Carr showed veteran savvy with a hard count that drew the Jets offsides on a key first-quarter third down. Carr threw a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree early in the game. The first came on first-and-goal from the two-yard line. Carr threw a perfect fade into the corner of the end zone over the hands of the corner but low enough for Crabtree to leap up and make a play on the ball. The next drive, it was a 26-yard touchdown to Crabtree. Carr threw a back shoulder fade and Crabtree did the rest, easily coming back to grab it at the 5-yard line and then juking the corner to get into the end zone. After Amari Cooper drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone, Carr again connected with Crabtree for a short touchdown. Carr rolled right and Crabtree ran a smooth quick out as the duo made it look easy for the third time.
2017 Week 3 vs WAS (19 / 31 / 118 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr made a few bad decisions but was not the primary problem for an offense that was dominated in the trenches and unable to win one-on-one matchups downfield. Carr's first pass of the game brought his most egregious mistake. He threw deep down the left sideline trying to hit Amari Cooper, but Washington's defensive backs had him bracketed and safety Montae Nicholson was easily able to pick the pass off. Carr tried to look the safety off and froze him momentarily, but Nicholson still had plenty of time to recover and get back outside for the interception. The second drive was a three-and-out on which the Raiders line gave up sacks on both passing plays. The next drive also went three-and-out with an Amari Cooper drop forcing the punt. Carr was never able to get anything at all going with his with his wide receivers, who totaled just 40 yards on 15 targets as a group. Carr's second interception was also a bad decision. He tried to hit Seth Roberts down the seam against tight coverage and threw it straight into the hands of Kendall Fuller. The Raiders only points came after Washington fumbles let Oakland start drives in the red zone. Carr was able to take advantage of the first fumble, quickly hitting Jared Cook down the left sideline for a 21-yard touchdown.
2017 Week 4 vs DEN (10 / 18 / 143 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr got off to another slow start, failing to pick up a single first down in the first quarter of the game. Most of the early struggles weren't on Carr. Offensive line penalties and lack of open receivers were the primary problems. The only really poor play by Carr came on a 3rd-and-long late in the first quarter when he threw well behind Amari Cooper, who had come open on an out route. Carr started to get things rolling in the second quarter. He led a long drive into field goal range that was stymied on a failed 4th-and-1 running play. Then he came back with a 99-yard touchdown drive. The big play was a 64-yard touchdown pass to backup speedster Johnny Holton. Holton ran past the Safety and Carr put it right on the money 50 yards downfield, allowing Holton to make the catch on the run and get into the end zone. After the two nice drives in the second quarter, the offense was again a disaster after halftime with back-to-back three-and-outs. Penalties and zero success in the running game put the Raiders in 3rd-and-long situations with no real chance to convert against a dominant Broncos pass rush. Carr took a couple big hits and left the game with five minutes left in the third quarter due to back spasms. He tried to get loose on the sideline but did not return. "I think he just got roughed up there. He got tackled. Something causes his back to spasm up," Del Rio said. "I didn't see much that would indicate that he would be injured. His back spasmed up." It looks like Carr will be fine for Week 5.
2017 Week 6 vs LAC (21 / 30 / 171 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr returned after missing a week with a back injury and was solid. He had three turnovers but none were completely his fault. His first throw of the game he targeted Michael Crabtree in single coverage 15 yards down the right sideline. Carr expected Crabtree to keep running while Crabtree stopped and looked back for the ball. It went over his head and into the arms of a defender. The second interception was a short pass that bounced off of the hands of Marshawn Lynch and to a defender. The strip sack was an incredible play by Joey Bosa. Carr threw a beautiful 23-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. He let go of the pass before Crabtree even made his break and it was perfectly placed and timed when Crabtree came out of his break and looked back for the ball. The Raiders moved the ball well and were mostly stopped by their own penalties and the three turnovers.
2017 Week 7 vs KC (29 / 52 / 417 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
The Raiders passing offense had been too dink-and-dunk coming into Week 7. Some early deep shots against the Chiefs opened things back up and got the offense back on track. On the opening possession, the Raiders called a flea-flicker and Carr was able to hit Amari Cooper deep down the left sideline for a 38-yard touchdown. Carr hooked up with Cooper again for a 45-yard touchdown on the next possession. Cooper was wide open on a deep crossing route over the middle. Carr hit him in stride and Cooper accelerated down the sideline for the score. Carr has been at his best in recent years in the hurry-up offense. He was excellent again against the Chiefs. He led a 48-yard drive in the final minute before halftime to setup a 45-yard field goal attempt. Carr led the Raiders to victory with an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 of the game to pull the upset. The key throws on the drive were a 39-yard completion deep over the middle to Cooper, a 4th-and-11 conversion to Jared Cook and a game-winning 1-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. The finish was wild. Carr threw what looked to be a game-winning touchdown pass to Crabtree that was wiped out by an offensive pass interference call. A holding call on an incomplete pass to Cook as time expired gave the Raiders an untimed down. A holding call on an incomplete pass to Cordarrelle Patterson gave the Raiders another untimed down. Finally, Carr rolled to his left and hit Crabtree with a perfect low pass just inside the pylon for the game-winner.
2017 Week 8 vs BUF (31 / 49 / 313 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr was solid but for a critical mistake forcing a pass into coverage that led to a costly interception. He tried to loft a ball into a very tight window in the middle of the Bills zone to Michael Crabtree but a leaping Bills defender got a hand up and tipped the pass up in the air for an easy interception. Carr led a long fourth quarter drive to get the Raiders within two scores that he finished off with a 4-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Washington. A failed 4th-down conversion attempt near midfield late in the fourth quarter doomed the chances of a Raiders comeback. Carr's second interception was a desperation throw toward the end zone in garbage time at the end of the game.
2017 Week 9 vs MIA (21 / 30 / 300 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Carr had his third-straight 300-yard passing game. He was able to rack up the yardage despite his top two targets, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, being held in check. Carr looked to tight end Jared Cook early and often. The duo hooked up on a pair of third-and-long conversions on the opening drive to setup a field goal. Carr hit Johnny Holton for a 44-yard touchdown on a well-thrown deep ball late in the first half. Carr continued his masterful work in two-minute situations. He moved the team 42 yards in 32 seconds to setup a long field goal in the final seconds of the first half. Carr setup Marshawn Lynch's game-clinching touchdown run with a long completion to Seth Roberts and then a pass interference penalty in the end zone drawn by Michael Crabtree. Carr did throw an interception late in the game but it essentially worked as a punt. Facing 3rd-and-long, he heaved it deep into double coverage toward Amari Cooper. The Dolphins picked it off but took over inside their own 20-yard line.
2017 Week 11 vs NE (28 / 49 / 237 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr and his receivers weren't able to establish a rhythm against New England. With the way the New England offense was rolling, the Raiders had offense had little margin for error so the drive-killing drops by the wide receivers were killers. Oakland only had three drives in the first half. A 3rd-down drop by Seth Roberts ended the first drive. A nearly perfect deep ball to Johnny Holton bounced off of his shoulder pads up into the air for an interception to end the second drive. Carr drove the Raiders down inside the 5-yard line but a Seth Roberts fumble ended the third drive. By the time Carr got the ball back for his fourth possession, Oakland was in a 24-0 hole and forced to play more aggressively. Carr led a mostly meaningless touchdown drive late, capped off with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper.
2017 Week 12 vs DEN (18 / 24 / 253 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Carr had a solid game. His two touchdown passes were both easy throws. On a 9-yard touchdown to Amari Cooper, Cooper juked his defender badly and was wide open for the touchdown. A breakdown in coverage from the Broncos left Jalen Richard uncovered on his 6-yard touchdown reception from Carr. A 1-yard touchdown throw to Jared Cook was overturned upon review because Cook didn't maintain possession when he went out of bounds. Carr's hit a 46-yard bomb deep down the middle of the field to Johnny Holton to setup the Raiders third touchdown. In the face of an all-out blitz, Carr lofted up a beautiful pass to Cordarrelle Patterson on 3rd-and-8 that went for 54 yards and allowed Oakland to kneel it out for the win.
2017 Week 13 vs NYG (22 / 36 / 287 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr's numbers look solid but he made some questionable decisions that could have cost the Raiders the game. Carr got away with an ugly pass red zone in the direction of Jared Cook that should have been picked off. A defensive back undercut the route and had the ball bounce right off of his chest. He later airmailed a deep pass over the middle that should have been picked off. The Giants defensive back almost had time to signal for a fair catch on the awful throw and still dropped it. Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Johnny Holton over the middle for the game-winning score. While it wasn't Carr's best performance by any stretch, he does deserve some credit for leading his team to victory without his top two weapons, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
2017 Week 14 vs KC (24 / 41 / 211 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr wasn't able to get much going. The lack of a running game, some drops and penalties put the Raiders behind the chains the entire first half and Carr wasn't able to make plays in unfavorable downs and distances. He threw an interception in the second quarter after getting hit on the release. With the Raiders trailing by four scores in the fourth quarter, Carr led back-to-back touchdown drives. Sideline completions of 14 and 18 yards got the Raiders into scoring position for a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. A successful onside kick gave the Raiders the ball in good field position and Carr again led the team into scoring position. He connected with Jared Cook on a 22-yard touchdown over the middle. Cook beat his man on a nifty double move and Carr got rid of it just before taking a big hit. Carr's second interception came in the final seconds of the game on a desperation throw into the end zone.
2017 Week 15 vs DAL (21 / 38 / 171 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 47 / 0 rush)
Carr and the offense again got off to a miserable start, doing practically nothing until putting together a solid two-minute drive before halftime. The Raiders passing game was inefficient and unable to hit big plays throughout the day. Carr very rarely looked deep and when he did it was to throw up 50-50 balls to Michael Crabtree against tight coverage. With Amari Cooper out, Carr locked onto Crabtree too much and forced the ball his way even with double-coverage should have led him to look elsewhere. The duo did show off their positive red zone chemistry with a pair of two-yard touchdowns. On the first, Carr hit Crabtree with a fade to the back corner of the end zone. The second, Carr rolled to his right and completed an easy throw after the defensive back fell down after being badly beaten to the outside. With the game on the line in the final minute, Carr threw up another 50-50 deep ball to Crabtree that drew a pass interference penalty and set the Raiders up deep in Dallas territory and positioned for a game-tying field goal. Carr used his legs to pick up key third downs multiple times throughout the game and almost won the game on a late scramble. He took off from the 8-yard line and dove to extend the ball toward the pylon for a game-winning touchdown. However, he lost control and the ball fell out of the end zone for a touchback that cost the Raiders the game and effectively knocked them out of playoff contention.
2017 Week 16 vs PHI (15 / 29 / 140 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Carr had a miserable game that will only add fuel to the criticism that he struggles playing in cold weather. He hit a wide-open Amari Cooper for a 63-yard touchdown early, but that was about it in terms fo highlights. Cooper didn't have a man within 10 yards of him after torching the corner on a double move. The first awful play of the came for Carr came on the opening drive, when he threw the ball away on a 4th-and-2 play at midfield. There was little downside to throwing it up for grabs in that situation. Carr had two interceptions and could have had more. He hit an Eagles cornerback in the chest when he badly under threw Michael Crabtree on a go-route and was lucky it was dropped, though it is worth noting that the pass was into a vicious headwind. His first interception was easily undercut over the middle. The most costly interception came with less than a minute left and the game tied. He tried to force it into Amari Cooper and threw it to Ronald Darby instead.
2017 Week 17 vs LAC (19 / 28 / 243 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
It was a rough game for Carr and the passing offense, with the offensive line struggling to protect. Carr hit Amari Cooper in stride deep down the center of the field for an 87-yard touchdown. The ball went nearly 60 yards in the air and showed off Carr's tremendous arm strength. After the deep ball early in the second quarter, he had very little positive production until garbage time. Carr continued a recent trend of questionable decision making with an ill advised interception on a deep ball to Johnny Holton that was thrown into double coverage and easily picked off in the end zone by the Chargers defensive back. Carr fumbled the snap on an attempted 4th-and-1 sneak that essentially ended any chance of a Raiders comeback. Carr made the puzzling decision to throw it away on a late 4th-and-goal chance. He was on the run but there was no reason not to try to keep it in play and give a receiver a chance to make a play.
2016 Week 1 vs NO (24 / 38 / 319 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Carr had a strong overall game. He was poised throughout and showed off the big arm and accuracy that has made him one of the game's best young passers. He also is an underrated athlete and used his feet to his advantage often against the Saints. On an early 3rd-and-long, Carr scrambled and leaped over a defender to pick up a first down. On a number of other plays, he rolled away from pressure to avoid sacks and buy time for his receivers to get open downfield. Aside from a ball that was tipped at the line and landed amongst traffic, Carr never came close to throwing an interception and avoided taking any undue risks. He threw his first touchdown pass of the game with under a minute left on a short route across the middle by Seth Roberts. He got rid of the ball quickly and hit Roberts in stride, which allowed him to spin past a group of Saints defenders near the goal line. Carr converted two-of-three 2-point conversion attempts in the 4th quarter. He won the game in the final minute with a perfectly thrown fade route to Michael Crabtree for two points to put the Raiders up by one.
2016 Week 2 vs ATL (34 / 45 / 299 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
As Carr noted after the game by Carr, the Falcons "really, really don't want you to throw deep." The defensive game plan forced Carr to regularly check down to his tight ends and running backs underneath for short gains. Carr only took a couple shots deep. One deep shot to Crabtree drew a defensive interference penalty in the end zone to set up the Raiders first touchdown. Carr's first passing touchdown came on a broken coverage, which allowed Clive Walford to come wide open down the left sideline for an easy pitch and catch. Carr's second touchdown pass came early in the fourth quarter on a short 4th-down pass to a wide-open Michael Crabtree on a delayed slant route that fooled the Falcons defense. Carr made a special play on a crucial 3rd-and-3 late in the game. He bought time in the pocket, juked a pass rusher and delivered a strike to Amari Cooper for what should have been a 52-yard touchdown. But Cooper was ruled to have stepped out of bounds prior to the catch and the play was brought back. Carr led a long touchdown drive against the Falcons prevent defense, marching down the field with almost every pass a short dump off over the middle to his running backs. He finished off the drive with his third touchdown pass, a 6-yard toss to Andre Holmes after Carr rolled to his right to buy time.
2016 Week 3 vs TEN (21 / 35 / 249 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr quickly marched the team down the field for a touchdown on their first possession. He also had an early 24-yard touchdown pass to Clive Walford wiped off the board due to a holding call on Donald Penn and the team had to settle for a field goal. Carr led a 91-yard drive in the final minutes of the first half. He capped it off with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts. Carr hit Roberts on a short out route and the corner took a terrible angle, which allowed Roberts to break a tackle and sprint down the sideline for the score. Carr faced more pass rush pressure than he is normally accustomed to and did very well on a number of plays using his athleticism to escape the pocket and extend the play. On one play, he juked his way out of three tackles in the pocket and scrambled to his right, then threw across his body deep down the field for a 29-yard completion to Michael Crabtree. Carr had Amari Cooper open for a long touchdown in the fourth quarter but badly missed on the pass. On the next play, he threw an interception on a pass intended for Michael Crabtree. The defender arrived early (he probably should have been called for interference) and popped the ball up into the air.
2016 Week 4 vs BAL (25 / 35 / 199 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
After a great punt-return set the Raiders up with 1st-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Carr immediately cashed in with a touchdown pass to Seth Roberts. After a play action fake, he rolled right and threw a dart on the run to Roberts in the right corner of the end zone. Carr threw his second touchdown pass of the day on another 1st-and-goal pass. This time, a perfectly placed 5-yarder to Michael Crabtree on a fade in the corner of the end zone. Carr's third touchdown of the day was a 13-yard completion on a laser across the middle to Crabtree.
2016 Week 5 vs SD (25 / 40 / 317 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Carr had a big game with two touchdowns, but three near misses on end zone connections to Amari Cooper foiled what easily could have been a five-touchdown performance. The game began with a bad decision by Carr leading to a Chargers interception. Oakland was trying to set up a screen to DeAndre Washington, but LB Jatavis Brown came screaming in unblocked and Carr panicked. He threw the ball into traffic before Washington could even get his head turned around and DT Brandon Mebane picked it off. Carr could have had a monster day, but Amari Cooper landed with a toe out of bounds in the end zone on two separate potential touchdowns that led instead to short Raiders field goals. Carr stood tall in the pocket and delivered a strike to Amari Cooper for a 64-yard touchdown despite pressure right in his face. Carr connected for a beautiful 21-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on a 4th-and-2. Carr ran a go route down the right sideline and Carr dropped it in perfectly over his outside shoulder.
2016 Week 6 vs KC (22 / 34 / 225 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Carr came out of the gates quickly, leading a quick, 7-play touchdown drive on the game's opening drive after a big return set the Raiders up with the ball just over midfield. He was able to connect three times for 41 yards to Amari Cooper on the drive to set up first-and-goal inside the Chiefs 5-yard line. Carr finished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Andre Holmes. The Raiders went empty backfield with five wide receivers and Holmes was matched up in the slot against a smaller safety and Carr put it up high where Holmes was able to go up and make the play despite being held. On the second drive of the game, Carr threw an ugly interception. Michael Crabtree got behind Marcus Peters and was open. But Carr was rolling to his right, threw off his back foot and couldn't get enough on the pass. It came up well short of Crabtree and right into the hands of Peters. The Raiders offensive line is strong, but the right tackle position has consistently allowed pressure in recent weeks and pressure from the right helped to cause the poor throw by Carr. The Raiders went for it on 4th-and-5 in the first half from on the fringe of field goal range and Carr missed badly on a sideline throw in the direction of Seth Roberts. Carr should have been picked midway through the fourth quarter when he threw it straight into the chest of a Chiefs linebacker, who dropped it. With the Raiders driving into the red zone while trailing by two scores midway through the fourth quarter, Carr scrambled up the middle and had the ball knocked loose from behind. It was recovered by the Chiefs, essentially ending the Raiders chances.
2016 Week 7 vs JAX (23 / 37 / 200 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Carr had a quiet game, but smartly avoided big mistakes by limiting himself to safe throws and picking and choosing when to take his shots. Carr moved the Raiders down the field with some nice throws on the second drive of the game, including a 3rd-and-long conversion to Michael Crabtree rolling hard to his right. He hit Clive Walford in the end zone for what should have been a short touchdown pass, but Walford dropped it and the Raiders had to settle for a field goal. After a Jaguars fumble set the Raiders up in the red zone, they went three-and-out and had to settle for a field goal when Carr wasn't able to hook up with Seth Roberts in the end zone on third down. Carr was masterful in the two-minute offense before halftime, leading a long touchdown drive. The big play came on a 56-yard completion deep down the sideline to Crabtree. Carr pump-faked to freeze the corner, allowing Crabtree to get on top of him and then dropped it in the bucket deep down the field where Crabtree made a diving catch. Two plays later, Carr hit Crabtree for a 2-yard touchdown. Crabtree separated from man coverage on a quick slant and it was an easy throw for Carr to hit his top red zone target.
2016 Week 8 vs TB (40 / 59 / 513 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Carr had an historic day, setting the Raiders all-time record for passing yards and becoming only the 3rd player ever to throw for 500 yards and 4+ touchdowns without an interception. His production was actually relatively modest until the final minutes of regulation and overtime. Nearly half of his passing yardage and two of his four touchdowns came in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime. Carr's Week 8 fantasy owners owe a debt of gratitude to Sebastian Janikowski, who missed two game-winning field goal attempts that led to and then extended overtime and helped pave the way for Carr's huge game. Carr started slowly. The opening drive went 3-and-out and Carr fumbled after holding the ball too long in the pocket on the second drive. The Raiders only successful first half drive ended in a field goal after a Michael Crabtree touchdown was called back due to an obvious push off by Crabtree. After drawing a 31-yard pass interference penalty against Tampa on a throw to Amari Cooper in the end zone, Carr found tackle eligible Donald Penn wide open off of play action for a 1-yard touchdown pass. Carr's second touchdown was a 34-yarder to Amari Cooper, who beat a Safety in single coverage on a go rout. Carr threw with great anticipation and dropped it right in the bucket. Carr led a 75-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes of regulation that was aided by a 4th-down holding penalty away from the play after Carr missed Crabtree in the corner of the end zone. The next play, he hit Mychal Rivera in the middle of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown to tie the game with under two minutes to play. In the final seconds of regulation, Carr scrambled for 12-yards to set up a game-winning, 50-yard field goal attempt for Janikowski, but the veteran kicker missed it. Carr setup another long field goal attempt with a long drive to open overtime, but Janikowski again missed. On 4th-and-4 and under two minutes left in overtime, Carr hit Seth Roberts for a game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass. Carr hit Roberts across the middle and a pair of Bucs defenders collided trying to make the tackle, which left Roberts all alone to sprint the final 30 yards into the end zone.
2016 Week 9 vs DEN (20 / 31 / 184 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Carr played well but had a poor fantasy day due to the Broncos grabbing Raiders receivers in the end zone, which kept Carr from completing any touchdown passes (instead setting up Latavius Murray for three one-yard rushing scores). Carr narrowly missed a touchdown connection with tight end Clive Walford on the first possession of the game. He slightly under threw Walford on a seam route which allowed the trailing linebacker to jump and get a hand on the pass. Carr led a long touchdown drive in the two-minute drill before halftime. He made a pretty throw with pressure in his face to Amari Cooper that might have been completed for a 24-yard touchdown, but Cooper was interfered with in the end zone to set the Raiders up at the goal line. On the next play, Carr hit Murray out of the backfield for a 1-yard touchdown pass but the play was called back due to ineligible man downfield. Carr got too aggressive with a two-score lead midway through the fourth quarter and threw what looked to be an ill-advised interception. After being ruled an interception on the field, it was overturned as the ball hit the ground. A few plays later, Carr helped put the game away as the Raiders drew a pass interference penalty on a deep ball near the end zone to Johnny Holton. Carr tried three times to throw short touchdown passes, but Crabtree was held by Chris Harris on an out route. Two plays later, Cooper drew an end zone pass interference on Harris on a fade route. The Raiders finally ran it the next play and Murray cashed in his third short touchdown run, leaving Carr without any touchdown passes for the game.
2016 Week 11 vs HOU (21 / 31 / 295 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Carr had another excellent game. It could have been a monster fantasy day, but Houston pass interference penalties negated what could have been a pair of touchdown passes. With Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts struggling with drops, Carr did much of his damage on throws to his backs. He hit Jalen Richard for a 17-yard touchdown and Jamize Olawale for a 75-yard score. The game-winning touchdown was a 35-yarder to Amari Cooper on a short dump off, with Cooper turning it into a big play with a sweet move after the grab. Jack Del Rio showed tremendous confidence in his young franchise quarterback by allowing him to throw while nursing a one-score lead in the game's final minutes. Carr responded with a huge 28-yard completion to Richard that allowed the Raiders to run out the clock.
2016 Week 12 vs CAR (26 / 38 / 315 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / -13 / 0 rush)
Carr engineered a pair of long touchdown drives early with most of the passes going to secondary targets. The long gainers were to Seth Roberts and Johnny Holton. Carr finished off the first touchdown drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Roberts while Latavius Murray pounded it in from the goal line on the next drive after a long completion to Holton set the Raiders up inside the five. There was a scary moment early in the second half where a botched QB-Center exchange hit Carr awkwardly in the hand and dislocated his pinkie. The fumble led to a short touchdown for the Panthers and let them get back in the game. Carr missed a series before returning with a glove on his throwing hand and looked none the worse for wear, quickly firing a few nice passes into tight windows. His first drive back did end with an interception however, as an ill-advised throw on the run was picked off by Thomas Davis. Carr was awesome again in the fourth quarter. He led a long drive to tie the game midway through the quarter, capped off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Clive Walford (followed by a successful 2-point conversion pass to Seth Roberts). He then led an 81-yard field goal drive on the next possession that featured a pair of long completions to Michael Crabtree that set up the game-winning field goal with under two minutes to play.
2016 Week 13 vs BUF (19 / 35 / 260 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Carr was outstanding and showed no signs of the injured ring finger he suffered late in Week 12 effecting his throws. The Raiders moved the ball with ease all day, but some miscues (including a drop by Michael Crabtree on what should have been an easy 13-yard touchdown) led to the offense having to settle for field goals in the first half. The passing offense really came to life midway through the third quarter and Carr led four touchdown drives in five possessions to notch yet another come from behind win. Carr hit Michael Crabtree for a short touchdown as he ran an in-breaking route along the backline of the end zone. Carr also hit Amari Cooper for a 37-yard touchdown. He pump-faked as Cooper faked the slant and then lofted it deep as Cooper roasted the corner on a double move down the sideline.
2016 Week 14 vs KC (17 / 41 / 117 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
The MVP candidate was atrocious on Thursday night. It was the worst game of his three-year career, with career lows in yards (117), completion percentage (41%) and passer rating (49.1). Usually one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league, it seemed as if every other throw was off the mark on the night. Perhaps the cold weather played a factor. Or the recent finger injury bothered him more than it did in past weeks. Whatever the case, it was a brutal outing for Carr with very few highlights and way too many negative plays. Carr missed open receivers on some crucial third down plays early. He felt pressure that wasn't there on a couple occasions, rushing throws and causing inaccuracy. Perhaps the absence of star guard Kelechi Osemele caused Carr to be uncomfortable in the pocket. He made some bad decisions as well. Overlooking Amari Cooper wide open with room to run on a crossing pattern to force it deep to a well-covered Mychal Rivera was an especially poor choice. He put too much air on a pass that should have been an easy touchdown to Seth Roberts, allowing the defender to recover and make a play on the ball. Carr suffered some bad luck on what should have been a long touchdown pass to Cooper. Cooper was running free behind the defense and seemed to lose track of the ball at the last minute. It may have hit the spider-cam wire, causing a ricochet. Carr also didn't get much help from his receivers, with each of his top three targets dropping multiple passes.
2016 Week 15 vs SD (19 / 30 / 213 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr threw an ugly interception in the red zone. He tried to hit Seth Roberts over the middle, but there were plenty of Chargers in the area. With Safety help over the top, the corner was easily able to undercut the route and make the interception. Carr has been deadly in the two-minute offense this season. He led another successful drive in the final minutes of the first half, which he capped off with a perfectly thrown 13-yard touchdown pass to Micheal Crabtree.
2016 Week 16 vs IND (20 / 30 / 228 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Carr suffered a fractured fibula. According to Adam Scheffer, he is out 6-8 weeks. His season is almost certainly over. His loss is a crushing blow for the offense and the Raiders playoff hopes. The injury came on a hit from Trent Cole with the Raiders firmly control, leading 33-14 early in the fourth quarter. Carr had been having an excellent season with 28 touchdown passes and seven come from behind fourth quarter victories. Before the injury, Carr was outstanding. He threw three first half touchdown passes: a 1-yarder to Andre Holmes, a 5-yarder to Clive Walford and a 4-yarder to Jalen Richard.
2015 Week 1 vs CIN (7 / 12 / 61 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
The complete lack of urgency in Carr's play raises serious questions about his ability to be a true franchise quarterback. He was far too content to make safe, check-down throws despite playing from behind and the Bengals daring him to throw deep. On the first two drives, he threw short dump offs to Latavius Murray on 3rd-and long that never had a chance of picking up first down yardage. On the day, Carr only managed three completions to players other than Latavius Murray and all were short throws. Carr was injured just before halftime trying to scramble for a first down. It looked as though he would have room to slide and still pick up the first, but Adam Jones was able to hit him high and punch the ball out. The backwards fumble went out of bounds a couple yards shy of the first down and Carr injured his hand in the process. It's unclear if he would have been able to return for the second half had the game been competitive (Raiders were trailing 24-0 at halftime). The injury does not appear to be serious at this time.
2015 Week 2 vs BAL (30 / 46 / 351 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 23 / 0 rush)
After earning criticism for not even attempting to go deep Week 1, Carr took a deep shot on the first drive of the game Week 2. Facing 3rd-and-8, he hit Amari Cooper with a perfectly thrown ball deep down the left sideline that Cooper caught behind the defense and raced into the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown. After a turnover by the Ravens, Carr immediately tried to go deep again and would have had another long touchdown pass if the Ravens corner hadn't hauled Crabtree down. The deep attempt did draw a pass interference penalty just short of the end zone that set the team up on the 6-yard line though. The Raiders often lined up in shotgun-5 wide receiver sets and Carr had success getting the ball out quickly to his receivers. Carr hit a wide-open Crabtree for a 27-yard touchdown. He showed nice arm strength though as he was rolling to his left and had to throw it back across the field to the right side to hit Crabtree. The play was not designed to go to the far side of the field, but Carr's awareness and big arm allowed him to improvise and hit the open man. Carr threw a late interception. He had pressure in his face and lofted it up deep intended for Crabtree. The pass hung up way too long and was easily intercepted by Ravens safety Will Hill. It was an ill-advised throw that could have cost the Raiders the game. The Ravens cashed in for a field goal and a 33-30 lead and Carr got the ball back with 2:10 to play needing a field goal to tie and a touchdown to win. Carr showed fantastic poise in leading a long touchdown drive in the two-minute offense. He exploited the underneath to Rivera and Murray, steadily moving the team down the field. He then found Seth Roberts in a hole in the zone on a slant route for a game-winning 12-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left. It was a big-time performance from Carr who put a miserable Week 1 performance behind him and led the team to a much-need Week 2 victory.
2015 Week 3 vs CLE (20 / 32 / 314 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
For the second straight week, Carr was extremely poised and accurate. He managed the offense like a veteran. Carr threw a 4-yard touchdown to Andre Holmes on what looked to be a pass/run option play. Carr lined up in the shotgun and looked like he was going to hand off to Latavius Murray but pulled the ball away from Murray at the last minute and fired it to Holmes who was wide open on a short slant. Carr did a great job throughout the game of hitting his receivers in stride with great ball placement that allowed the Raiders to pick up huge yardage after the catch. Carr's showed nice touch on his second touchdown pass. Seth Roberts faked a short out route and then spun and headed towards the corner of the end zone. A rub route by another Raiders receiver helped him create separation and Carr dropped in the bucket over the outstretched arms of the LB for an 18-yard touchdown. Carr did most of his damage on short and intermediate routes with the Raiders receivers picking up big yardage after the catch.
2015 Week 4 vs CHI (20 / 33 / 196 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr had a solid day. The Raiders offense barely saw the field early, with a three-and-out sandwiched between a pair of long Bears drives in the first quarter. He started to find a rhythm in the 2nd-quarter and was average or better on the game. Carr's only interception was not on him. He hit Latavius Murray square in the chest on a short route only to see Murray bobble the ball right into the arms of a Bears defender. Carr connected on a pair of touchdowns. He rolled right and threw a beautiful arcing spiral hitting Amari Cooper in stride in the corner of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown pass. He also hit Roy Helu Jr. on a short dumpoff that Helu turned into a 5-yard touchdown with a nice cut inside of the linebacker charging out to make the tackle. Carr also had a touchdown taken off the board as Seth Roberts landed with his toe barely on the line in the back of the end zone on a play that was initially ruled an 11-yard touchdown. Overall, it was a solid day for Carr. He made some nice plays at times but was slow in adjusting to the Bears double-teaming Cooper in the second half and he missed a couple open receivers on 3rd downs that led to Raiders punts.
2015 Week 5 vs DEN (26 / 39 / 249 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr had a solid day considering how much pressure he was under from the talented Broncos offensive line. He threw a short touchdown pass to a wide-open Marcel Reese on a play-action roll out on 2nd-and-goal from the two. The Broncos bit on the fake to Murray and Carr had an easy throw to make to his uncovered fullback who slipped out of the backfield into the flat. On the Raiders' first offensive snap of the second half, left tackle Donald Penn completely whiffed on a cut block on Von Miller who sprinted to Carr and just ripped the ball right out of his hands for the turnover. Carr threw an interception returned for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. He had two receivers running shallow crossing routes and threw it quickly with the blitz coming in his face. Neither Amari Cooper nor Seth Roberts were looking for the ball yet and it zipped past both of them into the arms of the Broncos defensive back who had a clear path to the end zone. It was a dangerous throw by Carr, but it looked like the receivers should have recognized the blitz and been ready for a quick throw. Plays like this are going to happen on occasion with rookies playing as his WR1 and WR3.
2015 Week 7 vs SD (24 / 31 / 289 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Carr was in total command of the offense and put together arguably his best performance to date. He was consistently able to find the open man and made some beautiful downfield throws to Amari Cooper and Clive Walford. Carr hit rookie tight end Walford for a 23-yard touchdown. Walford created nice separation from the linebacker and Carr dropped it right in the bucket on an over-the-shoulder throw to the right sideline. After converting a 3rd-and-short with a nifty scramble to keep the drive alive, Carr hit Cooper on a short screen; Cooper did the rest with a ridiculous effort after the catch for a 52-yard touchdown. Carr was masterful in leading the Raiders to a 30-3 halftime lead and spread it around with completions to nine different receivers in the first half. Carr's third touchdown was also an easy throw on a tunnel screen to Michael Crabtree that Crabtree caught behind the line and turned into a 26-yard touchdown.
2015 Week 8 vs NYJ (23 / 36 / 333 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Carr carried himself with a real confidence and swagger and was in total command of the offense. He was extremely accurate and made great decisions with the ball. Many of his incompletions were either dropped by the receivers or smartly thrown away. Much of Carr's production is due to his receiver's ability to make big plays after the catch. He hit running back Taiwan Jones with a short pass that Jones took down the sideline for a 59 yard score. Carr also hit Michael Crabtree for a 36-yard touchdown over the middle on which Crabtree broke a number of tackles to get in the end zone. But Carr is also increasingly taking more deep shots down the field. He hit Andre Holmes for a 49-yard pass on a go route down the right sideline. Holmes beat his defender off the line to get a step and Carr tossed a tight spiral that hit Holmes in stride and allowed him to gallop into the end zone. The Raiders offense went conservative late with the big lead or Carr could have had an even bigger day. All four of his touchdown passes and most of his yards came in the game's first 34 minutes.
2015 Week 9 vs PIT (24 / 44 / 301 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Carr again looked fantastic and could have had an even bigger day but for some drops by his receivers and a pair of fumbles. He led the Raiders on a three-play touchdown drive to start the game. He finished it off with a beautifully thrown 22-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. Carr stepped up to avoid pressure and placed the ball high and on a rope between a pair of Steelers defensive backs in the middle of the end zone. On the next three drives, drops from his receivers hurt Carr. The Raiders could have leaped out to another huge offensive start if the receivers had played better. Throughout the game, Carr made some impressive throws on the run moving to his right. Carr's second touchdown pass came on a busted coverage by the Raiders. He did a nice job looking off the safeties before coming back to an uncovered Amari Cooper in the end zone. Carr's third touchdown was a 1-yarder to Clive Walford off of play action. Carr threw one bad interception in the end zone late in the game; he threw it between his two receivers in the area and straight to a Steelers defender. Carr bounced back to lead a quick touchdown drive to tie the game with under two minutes left; he finished it off with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Crabtreee. Carr stood in against the blitz and lofted it down the middle of the field right over the shoulder of a streaking Michael Crabtree in the end zone to tie the game.
2015 Week 10 vs MIN (29 / 43 / 302 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Carr got off to an uncharacteristically slow start. The Raiders went three-and-out on the first drive and Carr threw an interception on the second drive of the game. He misread the coverage and the cornerback undercut the in-route by Amari Cooper to make the easy interception. The Raiders finally put a drive together midway through the second quarter and Carr capped it off with a well-placed 10-yard touchdown throw to Clive Walford along the sideline of the end zone. With the Vikings sitting all over the short routes and wide receiver screens that have been the bread-and-butter of this offense, the Raiders finally took a couple deep shots just before halftime. Carr showed nice arm strength throwing into a very stiff wind to get the ball deep downfield to give Cooper the opportunity to make a contested catch (which he did). A few plays later, Carr threw it up to Andre Holmes on a deep route and Holmes used his five-inch height advantage over the Safety to come down with the 34-yard touchdown grab. The Vikings blitzed and Carr had defenders bearing down on him, so the throw to Holmes was especially impressive. The Raiders offense went cold the second half; in part due to the Vikings offense dominating the ball with Adrian Peterson. Trailing 23-14 with less than four minutes to play, Carr led a long drive into the red zone, but threw an interception on a jump ball that Terence Newman beat Andre Holmes for. Carr put up a big chunk of his yardage late on dump offs against soft, prevent coverage.
2015 Week 11 vs DET (13 / 25 / 169 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Carr was again hurt by drops from his wide receivers. Each of the first three drives ended with third down drops on good throws from Carr. The first was a dropped swing pass out of the backfield by Taiwan Jones. The second drive ended with a "drop" by Michael Crabtree where the officials ruled he didn't complete the catch all the way to the ground despite him taking a couple steps with the ball before stumbling out of bounds. The third was a terrible drop by Amari Cooper on a short slant route where Carr put it right into his chest. The Raiders were shut out in the first half and came out more aggressively to start the second half. They finally dialed up a couple deeper shots. Carr completed the first one for 48 yards to Seth Roberts on a play-action roll out. The second deeper shot was intended for Crabtree, but Carr was late over the middle and the Lions cornerback who undercut the route easily intercepted it. Luckily for the Raiders, the Lions were called for holding away from the play. Carr made a great play to setup the Raiders first touchdown. Facing third-and-six in the red zone, he scrambled up the middle to pick up the first down and nearly scored (stopped at the two-yard line). Carr took a pair of costly delay of game penalties that turned 3rd-and-mediums to 3rd-and longs (both of which halted drives). Overall, it was a mediocre day for Carr. He only threw one inaccurate pass, but he just wasn't able to get the offense moving and the delay of game penalties were costly.
2015 Week 12 vs TEN (24 / 37 / 330 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr had an up-and-down day with plenty of accurate throws but also a few major mistakes. Carr threw a beautiful spiral on a designed rollout to his right for an early 7-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. Carr placed the ball perfectly high and outside where only Crabtree had a chance to get it. The duo has displayed nice red zone chemistry all season. Carr dropped a slightly low snap on a second-quarter 4th-and-2 attempt. He was able to pick the ball up, but had to throw it away. The error by Carr likely cost the Raiders at least three points; it appeared multiple receivers were open past the sticks and the Raiders would have been in field goal range with a successful conversion. After a beautiful throw by Carr to Roberts set the Raiders up with a first-and-goal just before halftime, Carr nearly threw a terrible interception on a play-action pass to the fullback. Carr hit the Titans linebacker in the hands and was lucky the ball was dropped or it would have been six points the other way. The Raiders ended up settling for a field goal. Carr's second touchdown came early in the second half on a third-down dumpoff to Seth Roberts. It looked like the Raiders would be held to a field goal attempt, but Roberts was able to spin out of the tackle and get into the end zone. With the Raiders leading midway through the third quarter, Carr had a costly lost fumble when turning to hand off the ball. The Titans cashed in with a touchdown to take a 21-17 lead with under five minutes to play. Carr was able to lead a 90-yard, game-winning drive. While the drive was only successful due to a fourth down defensive holding call away from the play, Carr deserves plenty of credit for orchestrating the drive. His main target was Seth Roberts who made a long catch down the seam to set the Raiders up in Tennessee territory and then finished off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown catch. On the game-winning touchdown, Carr did well to get the pass off in the face of the blitz and lofted it up towards the corner of the end zone where Roberts was able to make the diving grab.
2015 Week 13 vs KC (31 / 48 / 283 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr played well through the first three quarters before a disastrous fourth quarter. He completed passes to eleven different receivers and the Raiders move the ball relatively well despite a mediocre rushing attack and a couple drops by receivers. Carr's first touchdown throw was as pretty as you will see. With seconds ticking down before halftime, Carr rifled a bullet to Michael Crabtree that traveled nearly 40-yards through the air on a rope and hit Crabtree right in the numbers for a 25-yard touchdown to put the Raiders up 14-7 going into halftime. After the Chiefs answered, Carr led another long scoring drive that he capped off with a short touchdown pass to Lee Smith off of a slick play-action fake. Leading 20-14 in the fourth quarter, the wheels came off for the Raiders offense with Carr throwing three interceptions (each of which led to Chiefs touchdowns). The first interception came on a second down with the Raiders on the edge of field goal range. Carr held the ball far too long and then tried to dump it off to an underneath receiver but was hit as he attempted to throw and the ball popped right into the arms of a Chiefs linebacker who returned it more than 60-yards before getting dragged down just shy of the end zone. After the Chiefs tied the game, Carr had the offense moving again but threw another interception in Chiefs territory attempting to get it to Michael Crabtree on a deep crossing route. Crabtree fell down midway through the route and the ball sailed directly to a Chiefs defender who returned it deep into Raiders territory to setup the go-ahead touchdown. Trailing by six with under four minutes to play, Carr threw a "pick six" that essentially ended the game. He tried to fit it into a tight window to Amari Cooper across the middle and the ball got tipped into the arms of the deep safety.
2015 Week 14 vs DEN (12 / 29 / 135 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
Carr played okay despite the horrible numbers. His only mistakes came in the form of holding the ball too long. On one third down, he saw nobody open and decided to retreat and keep looking for a receiver instead of throwing the ball away; the result was a sack and big loss that took the Raiders out of field goal range and likely cost three points. Carr fumbled on a play in which Von Miller was mistakenly left unblocked. While there was little Carr could have done to avoid the sack, he did a poor job of protecting the football. Carr's opportunities to make plays were few and far between due to a relentless Broncos pass rush and tight coverage from the cornerbacks. He was able to make some plays to his tight ends where the matchups were more favorable. Carr marched the ball down the field on the first drive of the second half with key completions going to his tight ends and Michael Crabtree. Facing third down in the red zone, Carr gently lofted a pretty pass into the corner of the end zone where Seth Roberts was able to make a sliding grab for an 11-yard touchdown. After a fumble gave the Raiders possession deep in Broncos territory, Carr was able to find Mychal Rivera wide open for a 15-yard touchdown. He pump-faked a bubble-screen to Amari Cooper that brought the safety charging forward and then lofted the ball up to Mychal Rivera in the end zone who took advantage of the coverage breakdown to find an open spot in the coverage.
2015 Week 15 vs GB (23 / 47 / 276 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 42 / 0 rush)
Carr got off to a disastrous start in the first half of the first quarter, but was able to bounce back and play well for the remainder of the game. Carr threw a terrible interception across the middle looking for Clive Walford on a seam route. Micah Hyde had tight coverage and was able to easily undercut the route and grab the interception. He returned it just shy of the end zone and the Packers quickly punched it in to take a 7-0 lead. On the very next Raiders offensive play, Carr again threw an interception. He was looking to Seth Roberts on a quick curl route but sailed the ball over his head and straight into the hands of Packers corner Damarious Randall who easily scored to make it 14-0 Packers. Carr settled down and led a pair of long field goal drives that stalled deep in Packers territory. After a Packers fumble late in the first half, Carr led a four-play, 79-yard touchdown drive in just 1:02. A pair of short passes yielded big yardage after nice runs after the catch by Marcel Reese and Mychal Rivera. Carr then showed off his underrated speed sprinting for a 17-yard gain. He then capped off the impressive drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper who came open in the end zone after a broken coverage. Carr found Cooper for a second touchdown early in the second half to give the Raiders a 20-14 lead. Carr checked at the line after seeing Cooper matched up in single coverage and the pair connected after Cooper blazed by his defender on a nine route for a 26-yard touchdown. Carr and the Raiders were not able to get anything going after that third quarter drive though as the Packers pass rush and a couple key drops stymied the Raiders offense.
2015 Week 17 vs KC (21 / 33 / 194 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Carr didn't have much to work with against the Chiefs. His receivers weren't getting open and the lack of a consistent running game often put the Raiders in tough downs and distances, which allowed them to pin their ears back and come after them. Carr did exacerbate the protection issues by holding onto the ball for far too long on many occasions. He needs to make quicker decisions and throw it away if nobody is open. He threw an interception after holding the ball too long. He rolled left and threw the ball deep across his body trying to hit Amari Cooper in the end zone. The pass came up well short of where it should have been thrown and was easily picked off. The mistake cost the Raiders a field goal opportunity. He did make some nice throws at times though and his physical abilities remain obvious. He made a ridiculous throw sprinting to his right that was on the money to Crabtree, but catch was overturned after review. The ball was thrown on a rope and placed perfectly. It was the type of play that only a handful of NFL quarterbacks are able to make. Carr's only touchdown pass came with two minutes left. With pressure in his face he lofted the ball up for Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Crabtree got away with pushing his defender to the ground, which allowed him to easily make an uncontested catch.
2014 Week 1 vs NYJ (20 / 32 / 151 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Carr's NFL debut was a mixed bag against a very good Jets defense. His stats would have been more impressive if his receivers could have done a little more after the catch, but it would have been much worse if the Jets hadn't dropped a couple of interceptions. Carr completed his first seven passes (and the eighth was dropped) but didn't really even look downfield until the second half. His first touchdown was all due to play design and the quickness of Rod Streater. Carr hit Streater with a pass in the flats and Streater sped around two blocks for a 12 yard touchdown. Carr's best throw of the first half was a 17 yard back shoulder throw to Streater out of his own end zone. The placement and timing was really impressive. The Jets really ratcheted up the pressure in the middle of the game and Carr handled it with mixed results. He showed good mobility on several plays but he also made a couple of rushed questionable throws that resulted in dropped interceptions. He had 61 passing yards and his second touchdown in garbage time, though the second touchdown was an impressive throw. The 30 yard touchdown was well placed down the right sideline and James Jones made a spectacular catch to haul in the jump ball and get two feet down in the end zone. Considering the amount of pressure the Jets put on Carr and the fact that the Raiders had no run game at all it was a decent debut for the rookie.
2014 Week 2 vs HOU (27 / 42 / 263 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 58 / 0 rush)
Carr was plagued by drops from his receivers and didn't do much until the game was out of hand, but still showed a lot of positives. He was impressively quiet in the pocket and generally decisive with his reads. Carr led the team in rushing due to a 41 yard sprint on a read option on the team's second drive. He was largely unchallenged but showed impressive speed. Three plays later he threw his first interception. He forced the throw into coverage and the defensive back ran a better route than Mychal Rivera did. Carr looked accurate in the 2 minute drill at the end of the half, but that drive ended when James Jones fumbled twice on the same reception after a beautiful throw from Carr. Carr drove the Raiders territory again to start the second half, but that drive ended when Rivera fumbled. Carr's second interception came on a swing pass where he was obliterated by a blindside rusher and saw the ball float a couple of feet to a Texans' defender. For the second week in a row Carr padded his stats and touchdowns with a garbage time drive in the final two minutes. Like most of the game, he focused on a short throws and ended the drive with a nine yard touchdown to James Jones on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone. Carr has a lot of room to grow but his stats could have looked a lot better in this one if not for the 6 drops.
2014 Week 3 vs NE (21 / 34 / 174 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr started out very strong with short, accurate passes that were well-timed. He struggled a little more as the team attempted to go downfield and consistently underthrew deep targets. He completed 11 of his first 13 passes, but only one of them went for more than a gain of 9. His timing early on with Rod Streater was impeccable, delivering a 9 yard out right when Streater turned and hitting him on a crossing route that was well covered. A turning point seemed to be when Streater went down with an injury. Carr led the Raiders to a pair of field goals in the third quarter but struggled with deep throws and wasn't on the same page with his receivers. Carr finally connected with Holmes downfield on a 29 yard pass down the left sideline that was perfectly placed between two defenders. He led the Raiders all the way down to the Patriots 6 yard line with a minute to play but a Darren McFadden touchdown was overturned and Denarius Moore dropped his next pass and the ball flew into the hands of a Patriots defender. On the positive side, Carr remained accurate on short throws and challenged Revis (successfully) in the second half. If he could have been a little more accurate down the field it could have been a signature win for the young quarterback.
2014 Week 4 vs MIA (16 / 25 / 146 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Carr had a really nice start to a game that was ultimately cut short but a lower leg injury. His very first pass was an accurate throw deep down the right sideline that picked up 30 on a diving catch by James Jones. Carr had great rhythm on the opening drive that saw him go 4/5 for 56 yards and a 3 yard touchdown to Brian Leonhardt. On the touchdown, Carr was backpedalling away from pressure and threw a perfect pass where only the crossing Leonhardt could get it for the score. Carr's second drive was cut short by the Raiders inability to run the ball and it started going downhill after that. The Dolphins turned up the pressure and neither Carr nor the Raiders offensive line responded well. On three consecutive plays, he scrambled for a one yard gain, had a pass batted up in the air, and was sacked. He found a little rhythm in the two minute drill at the end of the half, but the first drive of the second half ended with an interception. Carr and Vincent Brown had a miscommunication, with Carr throwing the ball to one spot and Brown running to the other. Carr injured his ankle and knee on an 8 yard scramble on the next drive. He tried to continue but was pulled one play later and had trouble walking off the field.
2014 Week 6 vs SD (18 / 34 / 282 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Raiders opened up the playbook in Tony Sparano's first game as head coach and Derek Carr looked more than capable. On the third play of the game he hit Andre Holmes in stride 30 yards down the field and Holmes raced 47 yards for a touchdown. Holmes had beat his man by 3 steps so it wasn't a tight window, but hitting the receiver in stride is what made the long touchdown possible. After a mediocre second and third drive, Carr led the team 76 yards for another touchdown in the 2nd quarter. The drive included another deep ball to Holmes, for a 30 yards gain down the right sideline and a precise throw to James Jones for a 6 yard touchdown. Jones ran a delayed slant and Carr put the ball right on the money in tight coverage for the score. Carr had a really good first half that was even better considering his receivers dropped 5 passes before halftime. The Chargers brought the heat in the second half and Carr responded with mixed results. He had an interception dropped and another throw float harmlessly over the middle in the third quarter. He was hit on both plays. His third touchdown came on a short pass over the middle to Brice Butler, who sprinted straight through several defenders, for a 47 yard touchdown. Butler's speed was the main cause of the score. Carr's final touchdown came with the game tied in the 4th quarter. From the 6 yard line he rolled right and threw a bullet into the right corner of the end zone to Holmes. Again, the coverage wasn't great but it was a well placed ball with a lot of heat on it. Carr had a chance to lead a game winning drive, but after a couple of completions Carr took one more shot downfield and the Chargers finally held on to an interception. The throw was targeted to Butler and slightly overthrown. Butler made the best effort he could, but if Holmes had been the receiver it may have been a completion. It was extremely encouraging to see the Raiders let Carr take chances down the field and to see him connect on more than one of those plays. He still struggled a little bit with pressure and threw behind a couple of crossing receivers, but this game was a major step forward in his development.
2014 Week 7 vs ARI (16 / 28 / 173 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
The positive for Carr was that that the offense continued to take deep shots down the field. The negative was that he only connected on one of those. Carr overthrew several receivers deep including James Jones on the first play of the game. While his offensive line play was generally decent, the Cardinals did get to Carr with pressure in the 2nd quarter. With 5 minutes left in the first half Carr had completed just 3/7 passes for 13 yards. Carr then completed three of his next four and led the Raiders to their only touchdown. First he stepped up in the pocket and found Mychael Rivera open over the middle for an 18 yard gain. After a drop from Andre Holmes, Carr connected with Brice Butler on a 55 yard bomb to set up the touchdown. The play came on play-action, with Carr rolling left and heaving the ball 50+ yards in the air to hit Butler in stride at the 3 yard line. A quick turnover gave the Raiders a great opportunity but Carr missed Jones in the end zone and they had to settle for a field goal. Carr completed three straight passes on the first drive of the second half to set up a field goal but the Raiders would not threaten again. The Cardinals dominated the ball in the 4th quarter and the Raiders ran only 7 offensive plays. Carr was not as accurate deep as he had been the week before but the Raiders seem committed to the downfield passing attack.
2014 Week 8 vs CLE (34 / 54 / 328 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Carr started off in good rhythm and making good decisions but the 4th quarter was a disaster and ultimately the pressure got to him. For the first time this year his receivers helped him more than hurting him, making several outstanding catches. On the first drive he hit Andre Holmes with a bullet for a 15 yard gain and completed a short out to Kenbrell Thompkins. That drive was ultimately thwarted by questionable play calling. On 3rd and 1 later in the quarter Carr did a great job with a man in his face to find Mychal Rivera for an 8 yard completion. Penalties and a lack of pass protection began to plague the Raiders towards the end of the first quarter and it only got worse. Carr did show good patience in the pocket to find James Jones for a 13 yard gain on another 3rd down and put good zip on a deep out to Jones for 13 in the second quarter. Two plays later he lofted a perfectly placed pass to Rivera for a 22 yard gain to set up a field goal. The offensive line for the Raiders was dominated to start the second half and Carr began to get rattled. He did make a creative throw to Marcel Reece on the team's third drive of the half. Carr escaped pressure and rolled left then turned and winged a ball across the field for a 19 yard gain to Reece. Carr was not good in the 4th quarter until the team fell behind by 17. With the game already decided he drove his team 80 yards through the air for a meaningless score. The touchdown was a short pass in the flats to Andre Holmes who did all the work to get into the end zone. Carr had one turnover on a fumble but also had two interceptions dropped. He rookie did not take a step forward against the Browns.
2014 Week 9 vs SEA (24 / 41 / 194 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Carr got off to a decent start and finished strong but in between was a mess. Carr completed four of his first six passes on the opening drive including a nice throw to Andre Holmes while rolling right for a first down. Carr also put good touch on a deep out to Mychal Rivera for 16 yards to move the Raiders into Seahawks territory for the first time. After the opening drive Carr only completed three of his next ten passes and threw two interceptions on his next three drives. The first was a pick six that was an outstanding play by the linebacker. Carr didn't see him, but Bruce Irvin leapt underneath the route to tip the ball in the air, then hauled it in and raced to the end zone. Carr's second pick was a poor decision, on a back shoulder throw that was well covered by Richard Sherman, who picked it off. Carr settled back down late in the 3rd quarter and led the team to a score to pull within a touchdown. That drive ended with Carr making an outstanding throw while sprinting away from the blitz to Rivera in the back of the end zone. Down 13 with 4 minutes to go, Carr led his second touchdown drive. The drive was highlighted by a 17 yard pass to Holmes, again while rolling to his right. His second touchdown came on a bootleg left, hitting Rivera again, this time in the back corner of the end zone. In a tough environment against a hungry defense, it was good to see Carr bounce back after a very rocky couple of quarters.
2014 Week 10 vs DEN (30 / 47 / 192 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Raiders tried desperately to minimize the risk and simplify the game plan for Carr against the Broncos, and it worked for a little while. Carr completed his first six passes, including a bullet to Brice Butler for a seven yard gain to set up the team's first points of the game. On the second drive of the second quarter, Carr converted a short field into a touchdown. On 3rd and 2 from the Broncos' 5 yard line he lofted a ball to the back of the end zone and Butler made a nice snag to haul it in for a touchdown. For the next two quarters Carr and the Raiders offense were nothing but awful. Carr couldn't complete anything more than 5 yards down the field and made some terrible decisions. His first interception came late in the first half. He was under pressure and made a poor decision to throw late over the middle. The ball fluttered into the hands of a defender for an easy pick. The first drive of the second half ended when Carr, again under pressure, flipped the ball to an offensive lineman who illegally caught it and tried to advance, but fumbled. Carr's second interception came later in the third quarter and was either a miscommunication or a terrible throw. Mychal Rivera ran a corner route and Carr threw what looked to be a deep out that went directly to the defender underneath the route. Carr had 96 passing yards for the game with 4:30 remaining and doubled that on his final garbage time drive. On the drive he picked apart the Broncos defense, connecting with Denarius Moore for a 28 yard gain down the left sideline and Rivera for 25 yards on a deep post. He ended the drive with a well-placed ball to Rivera down the seam for an 18 yard touchdown.
2014 Week 11 vs SD (16 / 34 / 172 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr was credited with a fumble when the first snap of the game came before he was ready, and things didn't get much better from there. It was arguably his worst performance as a pro, missing several receivers by a good margin and continually throwing the ball into traffic. He was fortunate that at least three interceptions were dropped. Even his first completion was a poor throw, low and outside to Kenbrell Thompkins, that caused the receiver to be unable to pick up the first down. Arguably, his best drive was the third of the game. He made a nice throw into a small window on a slant to Andre Holmes for the team's first first down to get the drive moving. On the next play he hit Mychal Rivera on a deep cross for a gain of 33 yards. Carr didn't complete a pass for more than a quarter after that drive, and only completed two more in the half. The Raiders had two of their three third quarter possessions start inside their own ten yard line and played very conservatively because of that. In the 4th quarter Carr flashed his potential with a couple of strikes on deep posts for big gains. The first went to Kenbrell Thompkins for a 35 yard gain and was sent into a very small window. The second came with only 27 seconds on the clock and went for a 28 yard gain to James Jones. There were a couple of drops in the game and the Raiders receivers didn't create a lot of separation, but neither excused the number of inaccurate throws coming from Carr.
2014 Week 12 vs KC (18 / 35 / 174 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
For the first time this year, the running game did the heavy lifting for the Oakland offense. That, combined with Kansas City's inability to hold on to an interception, helped Carr secure his first NFL victory. Carr made a nice throw to start the team's second drive, stepping up in the pocket to hit Vincent Brown on a deep hitch for a 19 yard gain. Later in the drive he showed good patience in the pocket and found Brice Butler on a cross to move the team into the red zone and set up their first score. Carr had a quiet remainder of the half, although he did complete a creative sidearm sling to Brown for an 11 yard gain late in the second quarter. Carr had all kinds of time early in the third quarter and connected with James Jones on a deep post for a 17 yard gain. That drive ended with a pair of dangerous throws that each could have been picked off. Carr had two more near interceptions and largely struggled until the team's final drive. With 9 minutes remaining and his team down 3, Carr drove the Raiders 80 yards for the game winning score. The drive was executed with runs and short passes, but it was Carr that completed the 9 yard touchdown to give his team the lead. With great protection he waited patiently for Jones to come open over the middle then hit him with a strike for the touchdown. Carr was fortunate he didn't have a couple of interceptions, and benefitted from a strong running game and good protection.
2014 Week 13 vs STL (24 / 39 / 173 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Carr had a miserable afternoon that could have been even worse than his hideous stat line. His very first throw was a deep ball down the left sideline to Andre Holmes, who had a step on his man. Carr threw the ball just a touch wide and drug his receiver out of bounds. That was one of the few deep balls he had time to throw. He had to throw away two of his next three passes because of pressure, and those he did complete were all close to the line of scrimmage. Carr was picked off twice in the second quarter. The first was a terrible throw over the middle that he threw after escaping pressure. The second was slightly more excusable and Vincent Brown ran into a defender and Carr threw it right where he should have been, directly to a safety. There were two other balls in the half that could have easily been picked off. Carr found a little rhythm in the hurry up offense to end the 1st half. He completed 7/10 passes on the drive for 44 yards but the drive stalled with a couple of deflected passes at the end of the drive. He bounced back and made a couple of nice timing throws to Brice Butler in the third quarter, but the pressure was just too much for him. Carr was sacked three times in the third quarter and the Raiders decided to pull him down 45-0 to start the fourth.
2014 Week 14 vs SF (22 / 28 / 254 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Carr had his most efficient day as a pro, leading his team two its second upset in three weeks. For the first quarter the Raiders kept everything simple and Carr did a good job managing the game. Carr completed 4/4 pass for 48 yards on the Raider first touchdown drive that ended with a touchdown pass to an offensive lineman. On the drive he threw a couple of well-placed balls to Vincent Brown and Mychal Rivera for 20 and 19 yards respectively. The touchdown was an easy throw because of the great play design that left the eligible tackle wide open in the end zone. The Raiders got really conservative after that until the 49ers took the lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Carr led the team on back-to-back scoring drives immediately after his team fell behind. The first drive was an 80 yard drive that saw Carr go 5/5 for 71 yards. He started that drive with a deep hitch to Andre Holmes for 18 yards, his third option on the play. Later in the drive he danced left, motioned Mychal Rivera into open space, and hit him with a 27 yard bullet to move the team into the red zone. Three plays later a well-timed slant hit Reece in stride for an eight yard touchdown. On the next drive Carr went 4/5 for 49 yards with his only incompletion being a dropped pass. Again, the biggest play of the drive was a deep cross to Rivera for a 27 yard gain. That drive ended with a well-placed back shoulder throw to Rivera for a 5 yard touchdown. Carr showed great composure and exceptional accuracy in pulling off a massive upset.
2014 Week 15 vs KC (27 / 56 / 222 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Carr had a miserable afternoon with virtually no time to survey the field. After the first drive the Raiders realized they didn't have time to look deep and shortened up the routes, but even that didn't keep the pass rush away from their rookie quarterback. Carr had four incompletion that could have easily been interceptions and he had a bevy of his passes dropped by his own team as well. One of those drops was in the end zone on a pass he underthrew to James Jones in the third quarter. In the first three quarters Carr completed 16/36 passes for 111 yards and didn't lead a touchdown drive until the game was well out of reach. When he did look deep he threw the ball too early and too far because he was clearly rattled by the constant pressure from Kansas City's linebackers. Carr also fumbled a snap and lost it, leading to a short touchdown drive for Kansas City. On that lone touchdown drive, he completed a 33 yard pass down the left sideline to Andre Holmes on what was essentially a jump ball. .He finished the drive with a one yard touchdown pass to James Jones on a quick flare in the flats. Carr showed fight but little composure and got almost no help from his receivers or offensive line.
2014 Week 16 vs BUF (17 / 34 / 214 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Considering the opponent, Carr had one of the best days of his young NFL career. He had a lot of incompletions, especially early, that were a result of a breakdown in protection and Carr simply throwing the ball away. In fact, five of his first six passes went incomplete and he looked very uncomfortable. That changed on the third drive of the game when Carr threw a beautiful ball 50 yards in the air to Kenbrell Thompkins to set up the Raiders first score. Two plays later Carr hit James Jones, who was wide open in the back of the end zone, for his first touchdown of the day. The Raiders largely kept the ball on the ground for the remainder of the half. Carr nearly had another touchdown early in the third quarter. He hit Andre Holmes in the hands with a jump ball in the end zone, but Holmes had the ball stripped away and they had to settle for a field goal. On the next drive Carr marched the Raiders right back down the field with a couple of strong completions. The first was a cross over the middle to Thompkins for an 11 yard gain. Carr did a good job on that play hanging tough in a dirty pocket. Later in the drive he connected with a bullet to Andre Holmes for a 10 yard gain and another first down. Carr had to leave the game momentarily after fumbling the snap and hurting his leg while recovering, but he returned after Matt Schaub had to burn a timeout on his first play. In the 4th quarter Carr faced 3rd and 22 with 5 minutes remaining and launched another bomb. This pass travelled 51 yards in the air and landed in the hands of Andre Holmes deep down the right sideline. The Raiders finished that drive off with a swing pass to Olawale for a one yard score. Carr made several big time throws in this game and avoided the big negative play with several throwaways. All things told it looked like another step forward for the rookie.
2014 Week 17 vs DEN (18 / 36 / 158 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
It was not an encouraging showing in Carr's final start of his rookie season. He was sacked on two of his first three drop backs and was lucky that his second attempt wasn't intercepted. Carr had one completion in the first quarter and that was a dump off to Latavius Murray on 3rd and 15. The only real positive of the first half was a well thrown ball on a deep out to Mychal Rivera for a 14 yard gain. Carr was drilled as he released the ball. By far the best drive of the game came early in the 3rd quarter when Carr led the Raiders 80 yards for their only touchdown. He showed good patience in the pocket before finding Latavius Murray on a short out, which Murray turned into a 46 yard gain. Carr finished that drive with an easy touchdown pass to a wide open Olawale in the back of the end zone. On the drive he was 5/6 for 72 yards. The next drive got off to a promising start with a well thrown slant to James Jones and an accurate swing pass to Marcel Reece. On the next play Carr had Andre Holmes wide open down the middle of the field but overthrew what would have been a sure touchdown. For the game Carr had two fumbles (one lost) and an interception, but at least three other possible picks were dropped by the defense. His only interception that was caught came in garbage time with less than a minute on the clock.