After spending the primary 11 weeks of the season quietly climbing into the MVP race, Derek Carr crashed-and-burned his manner out of it on Sunday with one of the disastrous performances that we have seen from any quarterback within the NFL this yr. In a loss that in all probability gave Raiders followers some critical deja vu, Carr turned the ball over 4 occasions throughout an embarrassing 43-6 loss to the Falcons. General, the Raiders turned the ball over 5 occasions and people turnovers led to 23 factors for Atlanta, which is how this blowout occurred.
Though the Falcons gave a gutsy defensive efficiency, many of the blame for the Raiders’ loss has to fall on the shoulders of Carr, who seemed completely misplaced on the sector. Earlier than Sunday, Carr had by no means turned the ball over greater than thrice in a recreation in his profession.
Carr’s first turnover got here with simply over eight minutes to play within the first quarter and it got here on a play the place he ought to have been capable of maintain on to the ball. As he tried to step up within the pocket, Carr’s arm acquired hit by Atlanta’s Foye Oluokun, and by some means, the ball got here out.
Though the Raiders protection held the Falcons to precisely zero yards on the following possession, Atlanta was capable of get a discipline aim out of the possession, which implies Carr gave the Falcons three factors.
The one factor worse than giving a staff three factors is giving them seven and that is what Carr did within the second half. With the sport nonetheless inside attain at 16-3 and the Raiders driving for a possible rating, Carr threw a pick-six to Deion Jones that principally iced the sport. As you may see beneath, Carr threw manner behind his receiver, which helped flip the play into a simple rating for Jones.
The Raiders quarterback completed 22 of 34 for 215 yards to go together with his pick-six.
Carr has been so good this season, it is arduous to say what led to Sunday’s catastrophe, however should you’re a Raiders fan, you are in all probability at the least a bit apprehensive and that is as a result of this yr is beginning to really feel loads like final yr. In 2019, the Raiders had a 6-4 report heading right into a Week 12 recreation within the japanese time zone that they had been purported to win. In that case, the Raiders ended up shedding 34-3 to the Jets, and after that, their season spiraled uncontrolled. Of their remaining six video games, the Raiders would go 1-5 to complete 7-9.
This yr, a 6-4 Raiders flew to Atlanta to face a Falcons staff they had been favored by to beat and fell flat on their face. The most important downside for the Raiders is that they do not actually have a margin for error anymore. At 6-5, they’re presently within the ninth spot of the AFC playoff race.
Though the Raiders take pleasure in enjoying a neater schedule down the stretch with video games towards the Jets, Chargers and Broncos nonetheless left to play, the truth that they’re “simple” doesn’t suggest something, particularly after we’re speaking a few staff that acquired blown out in a recreation they wanted to win.
Alright, let’s get to the grades for each recreation from Week 12. In case you’re searching for a deeper dive on the Washington-Cowboys recreation that was performed on Thanksgiving, remember to click on right here. Alternatively, if you would like a deeper dive on the Texans‘ win over the Lions, remember to click on right here.
Atlanta 43-6 over Las Vegas
N.Y. Giants 19-17 over Cincinnati
Minnesota 28-27 over Carolina
Miami 20-3 over N.Y. Jets
Cleveland 27-25 Jacksonville
New England 20-17 over Arizona
Cardinals-Patriots grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Tennessee 45-26 over Indianapolis
Colts-Titans grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Buffalo 27-17 over L.A. Chargers
Chargers-Payments grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
San Francisco 23-20 over L.A. Rams
49ers-Rams grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
New Orleans 31-3 over Denver
Saints-Broncos grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Kansas Metropolis 27-24 over Tampa Bay
Chiefs-Buccaneers grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Inexperienced Bay 41-25 over Chicago
Bears-Packers grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)