No. 1: Can Derek Carr maintain his stellar form?
After a poor performance in Week 1 against the Rams, Derek Carr rebounded against the Broncos by setting the NFL record for completion percentage. Carr went 29-of-32 and threw the ball an average of nine yards per attempt. He simply just lit up the Broncos defense.
It was pure perfection from Carr. Now it’s just a matter on if he can maintain it.
Of course, no one is expecting him to have record-setting performances consistently. It’s just about him being able to build off this performance, which is essentially dialing it back to 2016 Carr. If the Raiders can get him to be that quarterback who was an MVP candidate, then the sky’s the limit for this offense. He basically just gave us all a small glimpse of it.
There are a few key factors that can help Carr maintain his stellar form. Each one was on display against the Broncos, but it all starts with the offensive line.
The offensive line was on its A-game Sunday. It limited the Broncos pass rush, thus Carr was able to deliver with ease. For Carr to continue his dominance, the O-line needs to limit the pressure he sees. Against the Rams, the protection was collapsing like a sand castle being hit by the waves. I’m sure they saw that in the film room, since they were steadfast against the Broncos, who have better edge rushers.
Speaking of better, wide receiver Amari Cooper was actually involved in this game. Carr targeted him 10 times and he caught every single one.
Cooper is the last factor to help steer the Carr towards greatness. With him getting looks, the Raiders offense will unlock their full potential. It’ll be interesting to see how Carr follows this up in Week 3 against the Dolphins.
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