Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr is Driving Them Once Again
It appeared as if Justin Herbert was going to throw the game-winning touchdown pass as time expired. However, Derek Carr was on the sideline in relief because the replay showed that the intended receiver dropped the game-winning touchdown pass. Because of it, the Las Vegas Raiders took down the Los Angeles Chargers by a final score of 31-26.
The Raiders have been improving week-by-week thanks to Derek Carr. He did well enough in this game with 13-of-23 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Carr also rushed for 14 yards on two carries.
He has been making his wide receivers better this season.
Derek Carr is the heartbeat of this football team. He is proving his haters wrong this season.
The Las Vegas Raiders are most likely not going to win the AFC West, but a seventh or sixth seed in the AFC is very possible this season.
Hunter Renfrow caught two passes for 60 yards receiving. He is a reliable slot wide receiver for Derek Carr though.
Nelson Agholor caught two passes for 55 yards receiving and a touchdown. Agholor isn’t dropping anything this season when Derek Carr is throwing him the football. Maybe Carson Wentz was the problem with Agholor when he played with the Philadelphia Eagles though.
Darren Waller caught five passes for 22 yards receiving and a touchdown. Waller is one of the most underrated tight ends in the NFL. He is a nightmare to cover because of his speed and his height though.
First round pick Henry Ruggs III did not have a catch in this football game and he needs to be more involved in this offense though. Ruggs III rushed for 10 yards on one carry. He was a first-round pick out of the University of Alabama and was the first wide receiver off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft though.
The rushing game has helped out Derek Carr and that allows him to set up play action though. Devontae Booker rushed for 68 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
Josh Jacobs rushed for 65 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. He also caught one pass for three yards receiving. Jacobs is a rock in the backfield. Without him, Derek Carr would be in shambles in ways because he needs a running game to support him though.
Carr takes a lot of heat. There were rumors that Jay Gruden, the head coach of the Vegas Raiders, and also General Manager Mike Mayock wanted to move off of Derek Carr, but this is the reason why they didn’t move off of him.
Before had sustained a leg injury a few years ago, Carr was an MVP candidate. Derek Carr isn’t going to be the MVP in the NFL this season, but he is very well going to be the MVP potentially on the Vegas Raiders offense.
As long as they don’t fold in the second half of the season like they did last season, they are going to be just fine because of him. Derek Carr is going to keep driving this engine car though.
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