Derek Carr and his Las Vegas Raiders put up another stinker of a performance in front of their home crowd Sunday afternoon, losing to the Cincinnati Bengals by the score of 32-13.
For the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, it was yet another disastrous performance. Carr completed 19-of-27 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and an ugly fourth-quarter interception. He also lost a fumble.
Losers of three consecutive following a surprising 5-2 start to the season, it’s looking more and more like the Raiders are set for another meltdown in the second half of the season under Carr. For his part, Carr has struggled something fierce during this three-game losing streak after looking pretty darn well to open the campaign.
Derek Carr stats
- First seven games: 68% completion, 2,269 yards, 12 TD, 5 interceptions, 101.2 rating
- Past three games: 69% completion, 772 yards, 4 TD, 4 interceptions, 85.9 rating
Carr has also lost two fumbles during this three-game span, leading to him turning the ball over one more time than in his first seven starts.
There’s a lot to look at beyond Derek Carr when it comes to these Raiders. They are thin and lack talent at wide receiver following the release of Henry Ruggs. They need to beef up their defensive line and find better pass protection in front of Carr.
But fair or not, he’s the face of this organization following the resignation of former head coach Jon Gruden. He will receive the criticism. We saw that first-hand during Sunday’s game with some Raiders fans calling on interim head coach Rich Bisaccia to replace Carr under center with backup Marcus Mariota.