Carr Continues to Struggle in Kansas City

Nicholas Cothrel

The Raiders took on the AFC West division leader Kansas City Chiefs for their final game of the season. Carr has struggled at Arrowhead stadium and cold weather environments throughout his five year career.

The Raiders dropped another game to the Kansas City Chiefs with the final score of 35-3. The Raiders finished out the season with the record of 4-12 and will have the fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs were just to much to handle for the Raiders defense, it was never even close. Mahomes reached a milestone of 5,000 plus yards and 50 touchdowns in his first year as a starting quarterback. This victory gave the Chiefs the number one seed in the AFC and a first-round bye.

Tyreek Hill flew right past Oakland defenders, finishing the game with 101 receiving yards and one touchdown. That includes Hill’s touchdown in the first quarter, when he caught a 67-yard pass that led to six points. The Raiders tied an NFL record for the most 40-yard touchdowns from scrimmage with 11. Hill now has the most receiving yards in a season in the Chiefs franchise history.

The Raiders couldn’t hang onto the Football, as they fumbled three times and were picked off twice. The Raiders were the first team since the 2003 Arizona Cardinals to began a game with four turnovers.

Derek Carr’s streak of passes without an interception was snapped at 332 passes, when he was picked off in the first quarter by linebacker Daniel Sorenson. Although, Carr did pass his way, to his first 4,000-yard passing season. Carr has also set the record for the most completions over a quarterbacks first five seasons, passing Peyton Manning.

Gruden was asked after the game by the media about, how he thought Carr played today and throughout the season?

“I don’t think he did bad today,” Gruden said. “You throw for 4,000 yards in the NFL with what he has been through, it is quite a year. New system, young tackles. Inside three guards (were) all gone, receivers coming and going, new featured back. He did some really good things to build upon. We have to get better around him, and I have to get better myself.”

Doug Martin was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders, as he rushed for another 100 yard game, just as he did last week. Although Martin’s three fumbles lost this season are tied for the most among running backs.

The Raiders defense broke a couple franchise records this seasons, least amount of sacks in a seasons (13) and allowing the most points in a season (467). Typically you’d imagine the defensive coordinator on the hot seat after a historically bad season on defense. That’s not so much the case, Paul Guenther was signed to a four-year contract last offseason to coach the defense and with three years left, the Raiders would have to eat the remaining three years of his contract. Guenther will more than likely remain as the defensive coordinator next season.

Raiders kicker, Daniel Carlson set a franchise record for the highest field-goal percentage in a season with 94.1%. The previous record was set by Sebastian Janikowski when he made 91.2% of his kicks in 2012. Carlson went 16 for 17 in his field goals kicked this season and set his career high with a 50-yard field goal that he punched through the uprights today against the Chiefs.

The Raiders have hired Mike Mayock, as their new general manager. Mayock was a draft analyst for NFL Network who covered the combine and the NFL Draft. Mayock has a tremendous background in scouting college talent. He will bring a lot to offer, with his high energy and scouting knowledge that he provides. Mayock and Gruden should get along well, due to the fact that they both are “Football Grinders” who have a deep passion for the game.

With the season over, the Raiders will look ahead to the NFL Draft, where they have three first-round picks.

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