For the most part, it was a classic Derek Carr performance in Week 1. He completed over 70 percent of his passes, averaged almost eight yards per attempt and completed only two passes beyond 10 yards all game.
However, Carr did exactly what the Raiders needed him to do. He didn’t turn the ball over and he connected on two passes beyond 25 yards, one of which was a touchdown to Nelson Agholor. The other completion went to Henry Ruggs III and that set up a one-yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs.
Take a look at Carr’s full passing chart from the team’s Week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers, courtesy of the NFL’s Next Gen Stats:
Here is Derek Carr’s passing chart from Week 1: pic.twitter.com/axg5V9xeSL
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With a Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, the Raiders are likely to ask Carr to do even more in that contest. They will need him to continue to take shots down the field as that is where the big “chunk” plays can occur in this offense.
But as for Week 1, so far, so good for Carr. It’s a strong start for the team’s franchise quarterback in what is becoming an important year in his career. If the Raiders can get this type of production from Carr each week, they will surely be able to stay competitive in the AFC.