The Kansas City Chiefs made life miserable for Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the team’s match-up in Week 14 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Derek Carr’s numbers aren’t as bad as they could have been.
The Oakland Raiders found a little bit of life late in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in their 26-15 loss at Arrowhead Stadium. It was in the section of the loss known as garbage, when players can often put together some stats to make the narrative seem better than it really was.
Anyone spectator of the game will tell you this, however: Derek Carr looked horrible against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
This wasn’t supposed to be the storyline. The Raiders were the ones with all of the momentum, coming into the game having won three of their last four games. The Chiefs, on the other hand, hadn’t won since parents were buying Halloween costumes. In addition, the Raiders had already defeated the Chiefs in their first meeting of the season, a tight 31-30 shootout that poured salt on the early wounds of the Chiefs midseason skid.
In that win over K.C., Carr showed the Chiefs just what he’s capable of doing, by throwing for 417 passing yards along with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 127.3 in that game and that was when the Chiefs were supposedly good.
For this week, Carr was supposed to be gearing up for a repeat performance. The Chiefs played against Josh McCown last week and played so horribly that the Jets quarterback won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Throughout this streak, quarterbacks have had their way with the Chiefs pass defense, which means Carr should have no problem enacting the Raiders game plan.
In addition, the Chiefs were also without their single best pass defender on the day in Marcus Peters. The cornerback was suspended by the Chiefs for this game only due to some internal strife that included Peters yelling at an assistant coach. Without Peters, the Chiefs pass defense should have been even more pitiful. Alas, that was not the case.
The Chiefs pass rush came alive on Sunday to come up with 5 quarterback hits and 3 sacks, including one for Chris Jones which forced an errant pass to be intercepted by Terrance Mitchell.
In the end, Carr ended up completing 24 of 41 passes on the day for 211 yards and 1 touchdown along with 2 interceptions. However, for a better perspective on how Carr performed, check out this sampling from Twitter: