For ten games this season, we watched as Derek Carr went from a league-monst 8 interceptions in week five, to going on a streak without an interception that was third longest in NFL history. He had a chance to move past Tom Brady (358) and into second all time behind Aaron Rodgers (402) Sunday, but would fall just short.
He came in at 325 straight passes without a pick, which meant he had a shot to pass up Brady should he finish this game with at least 33 passes without being intercepted. That would last just seven passes. On his eighth pass, Carr would throw for Jared Cook out right only to have Cook not turn around to look for the ball. The pass was intercepted by Chiefs’ safety Daniel Sorensen and returned 54 yards for a touchdown.
Thus, Carr’s streak would end with 332 straight passes, keeping him at third all-time. Though anytime you’re third behind Rodgers and Brady, you’re in good company.
Carr would be intercepted a second time in the game on a pass over the middle. That too looked to be destined for a pick six, but left tackle Kolton Miller managed to chase down Reggie Ragland from behind at the 5-yard-line. That play turned out to be a big one because the Raiders defense held up on fourth and goal at the one and turn the ball over on downs.
Overall, the game was another brutal one for Carr and the Raiders. The team has now lost six straight in Kansas City, and Derek Carr has had some of the worst games of his career there. But he did manage to surpass a couple of milestones.
On his first pass of the day, Carr connected with Jordy Nelson for 12 yards, setting a new career-high of 381 completions. He completed 24 passes in the game to bring his season total to 404 completions.
In his first pass of the second half, he against completed a milestone pass to Jordy Nelson. It went for 10 yards and it gave him 1750 completions for his career, surpassing Peyton Manning for the most completions all time through his first five years.
His final major milestone in this game came on the very next pass. He completed a pass to Jared Cook for 13 yards, putting him over 4000 yards for the first time in his career. He would finish the game with 185 passing yards and 4049 yards on the season.
It’s hard to celebrate these milestones too much in a game the Raiders were routed 35-3 and in a season they finished 4-12. Just as it was hard to celebrate the interception-less streak while the Raiders weren’t winning games. All you can hope is that it’s something to build upon.