Oakland Raiders: Notes and Observations From Week Three

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Sep 27, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr Is a Franchise Quarterback

Understandably, many had their doubts about whether or not Derek Carr was a franchise quarterback. He was a rookie and that was a lot of pressure to put on him, for sure. He had his ups and downs as any rookie does, but he certainly showed a lot of promise. And that promise seems to really be coming to fruition this season.

Throwing out the abomination of the week one blowout by the Bengals, Carr has responded in the most powerful way possible — he’s winning. After that jittery, nervous uncertainty that ruined the opening game of the season, Carr has looked cool, calm, and most importantly, in total command of this offense.

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  • Against Baltimore, Carr stood toe to toe and traded blows with Joe Flacco. Rather than pack it in when the Ravens scored, Carr simply put the team on his back and led them down the field to put points on the board of their own. For the game, Carr led the Raiders on seven scoring drives in ten attempts. The most impressive — and important, of course — the drive in which he took the team 80 yards in a minute and a half, throwing a dart to Seth Roberts to put the Raiders on top 37-33 and give them the win.

    The Raiders started off slow against Cleveland, but Carr once again heated up and found his receivers for big gains time and time again. He lead the Raiders to a 17 point lead in the second half with a pair of touchdown passes — one to Andre Holmes, the second to Roberts.

    It was a lead the defense would surrender, but Carr calmly made big plays for the Raiders to help chew up the clock, put points on the board, and keep Oakland ahead.

    For the season, Carr is 57 of 90 (63.3 completion percentage) for 726 yards, five touchdowns, and just one interception. He’s been calm and in control and has led his team to two straight wins.

    Some might say it’s too soon, but Carr most certainly is looking like a franchise quarterback to many.

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