After his performance on Monday Night Football, Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr is inching closer to breaking Ken Stabler’s franchise record for passing touchdowns.
The stage was set, the lights were turned up nice and bright, the Al Davis torch was shining bright, and Derek Carr and the new look Las Vegas Raiders made their smashing debut on national TV. The Raiders, a four point underdog at kickoff, took it right to the New Orleans Saints after a rough first quarter, and largely dominated the next three quarters thanks to the strong play of their veteran quarterback.
Carr was his usual efficient self on Monday night as he sliced and diced a Saints defense to the tune of 282 yards and three touchdowns with a 120.7 passer rating. He leaned on his best players in Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs, but spread the ball around to 11 different receivers and had a dynamite 73.8 completion percentage with a respectable 7.4 yards per attempt.
The game was vintage Carr and it is one of the many reasons why he is getting closer and closer to becoming the Raiders’ franchise leader in passing touchdowns, passing the best to ever do it in Silver and Black, Ken “Snake” Stabler. Stabler hasn’t played for the Raiders since 1979 but was the franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns until Carr came around.
Before we get in to exactly how close Carr is to breaking Snake’s record and how he got to that mark, let’s take a look at what other franchise records he owns.