The Oakland Raiders were humiliated on national television Sunday Night. Though the final score was 27-10, anyone who watched knows it felt muc more like 52-10. The Raiders did absolutely nothing on offense and both scores came on extremely short fields thanks to turnovers by Washington. The defense tried to keep the Raiders in the game, but with no help from the offensive side of the ball, the defense couldn’t get the job done by themselves.
It was the worst performance I’ve seen by a Raiders team, maybe since the Gruden Bowl. During the game, my mind went back to the London game right before Dennis Allen was fired but to be honest, I think the Raiders may have played better in that game than they did in Washington Sunday night.
So who is to blame for the terrible showing?
Without a doubt the team’s most important player, when Derek Carr isn’t playing well, the Raiders don’t play well. And Derek Carr had the worst game of his young career on Sunday. His first pass was an interception and it only went downhill from there.
Carr finished 19 of 31 for 118 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. And much like the score, that stat line is deceiving because believe it or not, it makes Carr look better than he did. The Raiders did not even eclipse the 100 yard mark as a team until late in the fourth quarter thanks to garbage time stat padding. Carr looked off all night long and was never able to turn the ship around. Lots of factors contributed to the loss but Derek Carr was first and foremost.