The Oakland Raiders tasted their own blood for the first time this season; the lights were just too bright. The Washington Redskins exposed the Raiders in their Sunday night match-up. The world was watching, but the Raiders were napping. It seemed like the “Silver and Black” were unprepared for the spotlight. But this game was much needed for a franchise on the rise.
Failing to Success
Last year, the Raiders were seen as the only competition for the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, Derek Carr would break his ankle toward the end of the season. The Raider faithful felt the shock-waves. Their historic season was over. Even with all the regular season success, the Raider fans knew they were hopeless in the playoffs. With Connor Cook behind center, the Houston Texans crashed the hearts of the “Silver and Black.” But what does this have to do with this current team? Everything.
The Raiders have waited over a decade for a franchise quarterback. The 2014 draft seemed to be the answer to the curse. With the 36th pick overall, the Oakland Raiders selected Derek Carr. Immediately into his first season, Carr began to break records. He set the franchise record for most touchdowns thrown in a single game by a rookie with four. Carr has proven himself worthy of the massive contract he recently signed. But does this recent game against the Redskins expose a hidden flaw?
The Washington Redskins absolutely destroyed the Raiders on one of the biggest stages of professional football. Prime-time games bring an extreme intensity. Unfortunately, Carr hasn’t preformed well under the microscope.
Last year, the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. The score was 30 to 20. However, Carr didn’t throw a single touchdown. Latavius Murray ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns. On 31 attempts, Carr completed 20 passes for only 184 yards. There should be concern over whether the Raiders’ franchise quarterback can handle the pressure.
Derek Carr was horrendous against the Redskins. On the first throw of the game, Carr threw an interception. It was only downhill from there. He finished the game with a QB rating of 52.9; Carr completed 19 of his 31 attempts for one touchdown and two interceptions. The defense was on the field for too long, and allowed Kirk Cousins to throw for over 350 yards and three touchdowns. But this defeat was much needed.
Raiders are new to the limelight. They have been ranked as a top five team thus far. The media have bolstered about the Raiders success. Unfortunately, the Raiders didn’t get the memo that they still need to perform. The Redskins were a wake up call. Teams are going to show up. However, the Raider fans need not worry; they will respond strong next week. Carr will lead this team to another victory. This heartbreak will serve more good than bad for the future.