Derek Carr Needs a Chance to Finish Matt Schaub

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Aug 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Vikings win 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Big Arm

Carr was hitting the gun at 98 MPH in the preseason opener without trying so you know he can go over 100 MPH. His passes got to receivers quickly and with the fast defensive backs breaking on the ball in the NFL, that prevents interceptions. He also has good accuracy so the Raiders aren’t limited on where they can throw the ball on the field with Carr in there.

Plus you have to be able to throw a good deep ball off of that good running game as opposing defenses will put eight men in the box. If all you throw are short passes over the middle with your running game, opposing defenses can line up the same way to stop the run as they do to stop the pass. Not having to choose between stopping the run or a threat down the makes it a much easier night to sleep for opposing defensive coordinators.

I don’t see the Raiders’ defense becoming that good that quick so the Raiders are going to have to be able to throw deep off of the running game to win. They also have six games against three of the best offenses in the NFL to try to keep up with this season. The deep ball has always been what Raiders fans have looked forward to every time they pack the stadium to watch a football game anyway!