Smelly Blue Book Value: Carr, Raiders Stall In Opener
The Las Vegas Raiders started their 2022 season with a botched 24-19 loss to the Chargers. Derek Carr endured a Sunday to forget.
Usually, when a season starts, you can consider the first week’s results as luck: good or bad. That said, despite what everyone says, the Las Vegas Raiders deserved this loss. By dropping the Los Angeles Chargers, the Raiders started their season on an unhappy note. Yet for them, sixteen more chances to erase that early bad taste exist. At the same time, in his ninth season, Derek Carr did not look comfortable.
Without a doubt, Derek Carr has the physical talent to be an elite NFL quarterback. With nimble feet and a powerful arm, he should threaten defenses. In this game, he looked stuck, moving around the crumbling pocket with concrete in his shoes. Overall, with a shaky offensive line, Carr can slip out of the pocket. Still, he doesn’t look comfortable between tackles, especially with an incessant rush. In his defense, the Raiders scored sixteen points in the second half, setting them up for a last-minute victory. Yet between holding the ball too long and hitting charger after charger in stride, Derek Carr suffered through an excruciating day.
On the right side of the offensive line, the Raiders switched tackles three times during the game, hoping to find someone who could block. Who knew we would miss Alex Leatherwood? Well, he wasn’t. However, the Raiders entered the spring draft with a giant right tackle hole. They failed to provide a flicker of any help. Granted, as terrible as the quarterback’s play was, the offensive line did him absolutely no favors. Going forward, Raiders need to fix this, find a solution, not a fix.
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A Tale of Two Wideouts
If you thought that Davante Adams would struggle to find its bearings in its early days, think again. Collecting ten catches for 141 yards and a score, Adams gave the organization and the fanbase a sample of why the Raiders traded high draft capital for him. Adams, mid-season, cut out the Chargers throughout the game. In addition, the seventeen targets talk about the level of confidence. In contrast, Renfrow Hunter didn’t enjoy the typical outing you would respect. Three catches for twenty-one yards looks like a quiet outing for the standout receiver.
An easy Sunday
The Raiders, at all three levels of their defense, couldn’t harass or disrupt Los Angeles. Even with Keenan Allen, leaving the game, the defense did not generate pressure. Also, the secondaries and linebackers fell behind all afternoon. Justin Herbert connected to nine different receivers. The Raiders did not fire Herbert. In return, he dissected them. Patrick Graham will have to find a way to get into the backfield.
glass half full
As horrible as the game is, you can take a bright spot or two. First, the attack, despite porous blocking, came back up with a chance to win later in the game. Then the aggressiveness of Nate Hobbs in coverage and tackles provides a glimpse into the immediate future of the defence. Finally, as mentioned, a game is on and no one should panic or worry. The Raiders, at least in this incarnation, seem built to withstand adversity.