Prior to the game Sunday, Derek Carr was working on the field, doing dropbacks and throwing passes, looking like he was not suffering from the effects of the transverse fracture he suffered in his back last week in Denver.
Despite this, head coach Jack Del Rio thought it smart to hold him out this week rather than risk it. Carr was pushing to get the nod and was questionable officially, but the Raiders went with EJ Manuel as planned.
“Look, we went through that whole issue. Took the time that we had. Decided that it was best not to play him today. He was pushing pretty hard to play. There was enough of a decision where I made him questionable.”
Manuel had some good moments in the game. He also showed the some issues you might expect to see from a backup making his first start with a new team.
He completed 50% of his passes (13/26) for 159 yards and a touchdown and was sacked three times. Two of those sacks came on blitzes which he is at least partially responsible for recognizing and making sure he has protection.
Jack Del Rio was not at all happy with what he saw from this team today. After the game, he said of Derek Carr being available next week when the Raiders take on the Chargers “Yeah, I have that feel.”
Carr was playing pretty poorly the past couple weeks before he left with his injury, but it is expected that this team will be at its best with him behind center, giving them their best chance to stop their three-game slide next week against the Chargers who have some confidence after getting their first win of the season today, taking down the New York Giants.