He can take as much blame as he wants, but the face of the franchise in starting quarterback Derek Carr has to play great ball on Sunday night if the Raiders want to win yet another must-win game. Though he threw for over 300 yards last week versus Buffalo, his two interceptions were a big reason the Bills were victorious.
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On the season, Carr is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,654 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The team has gone 3-4 with him as a starter. Keep in mind that he didn’t play Week 5 versus the Baltimore Ravens due to a transverse process fracture in his back.
Maybe Carr has found the key to moving the sticks in Downing’s offense? He has thrown for over 700 in the last two weeks combined.
Miami doesn’t have an elite secondary under new defensive coordinator Matt Burke. The Dolphins’ strength defensively lies in the trenches.
Oakland has the offensive line to keep Carr upright with its strong pass protection ability. If his receivers are ready to play, look for Carr to throw for over 300 yards again en route to a gotta have it Raiders victory. The interceptions can’t happen either.