Derek Carr can play unencumbered after already beating the Chiefs this season.
Derek Carr has gotten the can’t beat the Chiefs monkey off his back. Carr might have been awful versus Kansas City in the two games last year, but he is 1-0 against his team’s arch rival heading into Sunday. Going 2-0 is totally on the table for Carr and the Raiders.
To be fair, the Raiders beat the Chiefs by a point at home back on Thursday Night Football in Week 7. Kansas City would have probably won that game had it been played at Arrowhead. Beating a division rival on the road is always difficult, but it is impossible if the visiting starting quarterback lacks confidence.
Carr has been able to lead his team to close wins in the last month plus. If the Raiders are in it in the fourth quarter, then the team always has a chance at a victory with Carr at quarterback. Yes, the pressure to win in Kansas City on Sunday is there, but it is not all-enveloping at it would have been had the Raiders lost to the Chiefs back in Week 7 at home.
While we could see another slow start out of Carr on the road in an early start time, we have to have faith that he will play his best ball when it matters most. Carr absolutely has that clutch gene to win ball games late. It is his greatest attribute as a signal caller. Do you trust him more in winning time over Alex Smith for the Chiefs? Exactly.