Derek Carr has the Chiefs monkey off his back
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the Raiders’ exhilarating win over the Chiefs was that Derek Carr played great against his perpetual nemesis. No, Carr will not be an MVP candidate this year, but we saw why he was one last year on Thursday Night Football.
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This is what a franchise quarterback is supposed to do: give his team a chance to win big games. Carr carved up a confused Kansas City defense all night. He completed 29 of 52 passes for 417 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Though he only completed 55.8 percent of his throws, this was a game that Carr needed for his confidence as an emerging star quarterback. If he is going to be an elite quarterback in this league, then he can’t continue to play terribly against a division rival. This was the Raiders’ first win over the Chiefs since Carr’s rookie season in 2014.
When the Raiders had the ball down 30-24 inside of three minutes, you could just tell that Carr was going to do everything in his power to lead the team to victory in front of the home crowd. That might be the most thrilling series will have all season. Hopefully this is the game that Carr and the Raiders can build on to get back to playing great. What a win, what a win!