Early on in the 2021 season, you could have made the case for Derek Carr as the league MVP. In the first month, he led the NFL in passing yards as he lit up the defenses of the Ravens and the Steelers.
But over the last few weeks, Carr has struggled and it’s understandable. The loss of Henry Ruggs III has been a big one for this offense that they just haven’t been able to replace. He just hasn’t been the same quarterback and it doesn’t help that his protection is failing him, as well.
The biggest issue and problem for Carr have been interceptions. In the last two games, Carr has thrown three interceptions and all three have been poor decisions. Against New York, it was the difference in the team winning and losing as one of his interceptions was a pick-six.
Carr wasn’t bad in Week 10 against the Chiefs, but a poor interception and too many short throws on third down cost his team. Here is his passing chart from that performance via the NFL’s Next Gen Stats:
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Carr wasn’t bad by any means on Sunday Night Football, but he wasn’t good enough either. For the Raiders to be a successful team, they need Carr to be efficient and aggressive. And in fairness to Carr, that is a tightrope that not many quarterbacks can walk.
In this game, he probably wasn’t aggressive enough early. But the offensive line didn’t give him much of a chance either. It’s fair to chalk this performance up as a team loss as no one had a strong performance.
They will look to bounce back in Week 11 against the Bengals in a huge AFC matchup with playoff implications.