Woof. Just an awful game for the Las Vegas Raiders coming off a bye week and going up against a very beatable New York Giants team.
Carr’s Worst Game All Season
That was by far the worst we have seen Derek Carr play in a long time. He just looked off all game: missing on a few throws to open receivers. Carr wasn’t making many of the tough throws we are used to seeing. Most uncharacteristically, he failed to find open receivers.
Of course, we haven’t even gotten to the turnovers. Carr’s two interceptions led to 10 points for the Giants. That was a huge factor in the game. Then, of course, you have the game-sealing fumble. That is an issue that has plagued Carr for years but seemed to have gotten better this year. Nevertheless, these turnovers and Carr’s play in general sunk the Raiders.
Cut Dillon Stoner Now
The rookie receiver got a chance to get some playing time today. We didn’t see much of him, but when we did, it wasn’t good. On special teams, he was ineffective as a gunner and committed a penalty. When he did get in on offense, he failed to line up correctly, resulting in another penalty. We’ve seen enough. As I’m writing this, the Raiders are signing DeSean Jackson, so Stoner’s services should no longer be required.
The Backs Looked Good
Sunday sucked, but it wasn’t all bad. The Raiders backfield built off a strong outing in Week 7 with an even more impressive performance. Josh Jacobs was dominant as ever. At one point, he had ten carries for 70 yards. Add in Kenyan Drake, who had a couple of explosive plays. Jalen Richard looked like his old self finally. He was quite effective in the passing game. Also, he had several strong kick returns. Finally, we have to talk about Alec Ingold. For a guy whose job is basically to be a glorified pulling guard, he is a great athlete. Get rid of that caveat. He is just a great athlete. The former undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin has a strong case for being the best fullback in the league.
*Top Photo: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun