4 reasons the Oakland Raiders will beat the Houston Texans in Week 8

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders and teammates gather in the players tunnel before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14.(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders and teammates gather in the players tunnel before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14.(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 29: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders takes the field for warm-ups before the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 29: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders takes the field for warm-ups before the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

Derek Carr will be fired up

This may seem somewhat cliche, but it seems like every time Derek Carr has something to prove, he makes great things happen. When Carr’s back is against the wall, and everyone is calling for him to be benched or released or traded, he comes up big for the team. In Week 1 when everyone though he would struggle without Antonio Brown, he balled out.

When the Raiders were coming off back to back losses, and the Raiders were heading to Indianapolis looking awful, Carr answered. When the Raiders traveled to London to face the Bears, everyone thought Khalil Mack and the Bears defense would tear him up, he beat them.

When Derek Carr has something to prove and plays with a bit of fire, he shows his true potential. After the Packers loss, many fans were saying the Carr era is coming to a close, despite him not even playing too bad. This week, Carr will prove all the haters wrong, just like he has time and time again, and will put on a clinic against the Texans defense.

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