Derek Carr Excited to Test Himself Against Seattle Seahawks


At 0-7, nobody expects the Oakland Raiders and rookie quarterback Derek Carr to do much this Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Vegas have the Raiders as early 15 point underdogs to the Seahawks on the road, and despite the Raiders covering the spread in near wins against the New England Patriots as well as the San Diego Chargers (who beat the Seahawks this season) the oddsmakers have good reason to be confident that the struggles will continue for Oakland this Sunday.

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Still there is hope for the Raiders that they could somehow build off of a preseason Week 4 win over the Seahawks in which Derek Carr earned his starting job in Oakland, tearing apart the Seattle first team defense before sweeping the floor with the backups. Carr even made a tough throw on Richard Sherman in the first quarter of that win, but on Sunday it will be a different story inside of hostile territory with everything going at full speed against the champions who are looking to make a statement that they are still the team everyone has to go through to win the Super Bowl.

Naturally Carr is excited for that opportunity, telling Seattle media on Wednesday that he is looking forward to taking on the best defense in the league again. Playing a team he had no problem picking apart in the preseason while Seattle was resting four starters, Carr isn’t putting much stock in the preseason performance and is instead taking this week as an opportunity to further prove that he is a quarterback on the rise.

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"“I just wanted to go out and compete against the best. They are the best at what they do,” Carr said this morning of the Seahawks. “I was just excited to get the opportunity to get to compete against that defense.”“To be honest with you, I didn’t think too much of it, though. You know, it being a preseason game, it wasn’t a regular-season game.“This is the real deal now.”"

Carr is now a full fledged NFL starter rather than a player trying to convince a franchise to make him their first rookie Week One starting quarterback, but going into Seattle this weekend he is still searching for his first NFL win. Coming into the toughest place to play in the league nobody will be expecting Carr to lead the Raiders to an upset before the game starts, but after showing confidence in late August maybe people should expect offensive fireworks at the very least out of the rookie passer with the explosive golden arm in Oakland.