It had been a long time since Derek Carr threw an interception. His streak of 10 games and 333 attempts came to an end on Sunday against the Chiefs.
The week 17 turning point play of the game came on the Raiders second possession of the game in the first quarter. On second and 10 from the 50 yard line, Carr changed the play at the line of scrimmage.
However, not everyone received the message. One of the difficulties of playing on the road, especially in a place like Arrowhead is communication can be an issue with the crowd noise.
As the Raiders stood at the line, they appeared to have a desirable match up with Jared Cook guarded by Chiefs linebacker Daniel Sorensen. Carr took the snap, dropped back and immediately looked and threw Cook’s way.
The issue was Cook did not get the audible correctly and thought the play was a designed run. Cook never saw the ball and Sorensen received the easiest pick six of his career.
Big time miscommunication. DC first INT in 333 attempts. pic.twitter.com/7JgLkbhIut— Evan Groat (@Egroat5) December 31, 2018
“Obviously there was a miscommunication there. We had the match up we wanted. Obviously Jared thought we went to a running play. And the noise, the hand signals weren’t clear, that obviously was going to be a pass,” said Gruden of the play.
The Chiefs never looked back in the game en route to a 35-3 win. After going 333 attempts without an interception, Carr threw two on the day to go along with one fumble. Much like their first meeting, the turnovers were costly for the Raiders.