When the dust settled from Week 1’s wildest game, Derek Carr had come up clutch — again — and the Raiders won in front of their first home crowd in Vegas.
The quarterback started slow and off-target, and the Raiders were in a 14-0 hole to Lamar Jackson and the Ravens — but Carr ended up with 435 yards, which now leads the league.
He went just 34-of-56 (No. 10 in accuracy among Week 1 QBs) for two touchdowns, but it was all about his timing.
The Raiders inked Carr to a five-year, $125 million contract in 2017 that at the time made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. That season, he ranked only 14th in passing accuracy before improving to fifth in 2018 and second in 2019; he finished 10th last year.
Last night’s game-winning, pinpoint pass — immediately following his end-zone interception — encapsulated Carr’s stock: It may not be Aaron Rodgers-level accuracy, but you’re getting one of the best signal-callers in the NFL when the game is on the line.
This season, his $19.5 million base salary ranks third among quarterbacks (Jimmy Garropolo, Kirk Cousins), and he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2023 at age 32.