Las Vegas Raiders vs Washington Football Team: Offensive Grades for Week 13
Derek “check down” Carr certainly came out to play in Week 13, and it’s something that I don’t understand. Against the Dallas Cowboys on the road on Thanksgiving, the Raiders and Carr came out firing and aggressive from the first drive and it was rewarded with explosive pass plays and many pass interferences.
Yet, in this game, against a team susceptible to deep passes and missing one of their starting safeties, there wasn’t a deep pass attempt until it the third quarter and it was such a bad pass that it couldn’t even be intercepted.
Carr finished with 28 completions in the game and 21 of them were within five yards of or behind the line of scrimmage. Early in the game, Carr missed Foster Moreau who was wide open for a touchdown, and he also missed Zay Jones who was also wide open in the end zone. Then, later in the game when the Raiders scored their only touchdown, Carr missed an open Bryan Edwards in the back for the end zone for the two-point conversion that would’ve tied the game.
In games that Carr has passed for 300 yards or more the Raiders are 6-0 but when he passes for less the Raiders are now 0-6. Carr finished this game with 249 yards and zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, and in the first half, Carr only had about 85 yards and three points created despite a defense that kept Washington scoreless since their opening drive.
If there’s one thing Carr is, it’s he is consistently inconsistent, and the Raiders definitely need the good Derek Carr to show up every game the rest of the season.