Derek Carr Monday Night Football game grade: C-
I would not give Derek Carr a failing grade but I certainly would not give him a good grade. He narrowly held on by the skin of his teeth to squeak by with a C- in a game that in the box score does not seem all that awful, especially if you don't think highly of Carr.
Carr is better than most people give him credit for and he certainly could have been better in this game. However, the LA Chargers had a great game plan that forced the Raiders into many third and long situations but stopping the run and getting pressure on Carr early in downs.
Carr looked really polished in the Raiders' two touchdown drives in the second half but outside of those (probably heavily scripted) drives, Carr was not much of a factor in this one. He ended up completing 21 of 34 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Again, not the worst of numbers but there were multiple times that the Raiders had a short field, whether it was because of a fake punt attempt or a phantom facemask call, and the team simply could not capitalize.
Joey Bosa took a shot at Carr in his post-game press conference, confirming that the defense knew as soon as they got pressure on him he would start to unravel. Bosa pointed out a Christian Covington sack in which Carr, quite literally, curled into a ball.
It does not matter how many good games he has against teams like the Miami Dolphins, or even that he was good in Week 1 on Monday night, if Carr continues to have primetime games like this against important division opponents then people are going to continue to doubt him as an above-average NFL quarterback.
He certainly did not play like one on Monday Night Football.