With nearly each and every game this season, the 3rd year Quarterback for the Oakland Raiders has made his case as the league’s MVP. In what would be a nail biter game featuring the Carr-diac kids, #4 put a stamp on his MVP legitimacy.
The Fresno State alum threw for 513 yards on 40 of 59 passes attempted. Carr is now one of only 3 QB’s in NFL history (Y.A. Tittle and Ben Roethlisberger) to have thrown for 500+ yards with 4 TD’s and 0 interceptions–that should quiet the critics (there’s critics?). His performance today was also good enough be an all-time team record and will go down in the books as the ninth best passing performance by a quarterback in NFL history.
One could say that the 23 penalties for 200 yards committed by the marauders in black was instrumental in Carr having the opportunity to throw for over a quarter of a mile. One could also say that without a multitude of drive killing penalties, Carr may have thrown for 2 more touchdowns and gone home early. It may not have been pretty, but it sure epitomized the franchise mantra: Just Win Baby!
Everyone touched the ball (even Donald Penn) as the young phenom connected with 10 different receivers on the day. Amari Cooper finished with a dizzying 173 yards and 1 touchdown on 12 catches. What’s scary is Cooper could have easily stretched this to 200+ yards if not for a key drop late in the game. Crabtree was an impressive, yet distant, 2nd on the list with 108 yards on 8 receptions. However, it may have been the Dread Pirate Seth Roberts’ game-winning catch over the middle that was the most important grab of the afternoon. You could literally hear a collective sigh followed by the deafening roar of Raider Nation.
Oakland’s run by committee approach netted 128 yards on 24 attempts. Murray led the pack today having gained 48 yards on 11 rushes. The raiders finished the game with a chunky 5.3 yards gained per run.
Oakland’s defense may have played their best game of the season today. The team surrendered just 270 yards (168 passing yds.) to an offense that was expected to put up much more on the opportunistic Raider defense. For once, it was not the defense who was responsible for the heart attack finish…it was those pesky yellow flags.
Lastly, Despite forcing two fumbles, Oakland came out negative in the turnover battle thanks to an early fumble by Derek Carr in the first quarter. Oakland came into this game tied for 2nd in the league with a +8 turnover ratio for the season.
Sitting at 6-2, the Raiders boast the second best record in the AFC behind the New England Flying Elvises. The Raiders now travel home to gear up for a classic AFC West showdown on Sunday Night which will feature one of the best all-time rivalries in the NFL– Broncos (6-2) vs. Raiders (6-2).
Written by Kenny Stapler