Oakland Raiders: Week 9 Notebook

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Nov 2, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) runs an interception back for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks D Welcomes Derek Carr

It should have been expected that Derek Carr would be rudely welcomed to Seattle by the Seahawks defense after putting up big numbers in his preseason outing against them back in August in Oakland. After all, Richard Sherman threw down the gauntlet in the media row all week talking about how Carr was a “gunslinger” who didn’t know better than to throw away from the best cornerback in football. In the end, Sherman was right as at the start of the game Carr went after him for a first down on the opening drive. That was before Sherman got his revenge later in the half with his first interception of the season on a questionable back shoulder throw to Andre Holmes that had no hope in not being intercepted by the cornerback who made his point with the turnover grab.

Sherman’s INT wasn’t the biggest mistake Carr made as Bruce Irvin’s Pick-6 on an overthrow to Mychal Rivera was far more costly at the end of the day, but it was the second interception in quick succession for the rookie. Even if Carr bounced back to drive the Raiders close to a victory, Sherman won the battle after making it personal during the week. Just another day for the league’s most infamous cornerback with the league’s most infamous personality.