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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr

Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that he was been praised for his development in year two in Gruden’s system?

What a difference two bad games can make on the public opinion. If you are a fan of Carr, stay off of Twitter. There’s no defending him at this point. In the two most important games of the season, he has played poorly.

The offense has been outscored 74-12 the past two weeks, and as the quarterback, he will get the brunt of the blame. Across those two games, Carr is completing 61 percent of his passes with one touchdown to three interceptions.

Raiders discipline on third down

The 12 penalties for 99 yards against the Chiefs brought the season total to 104 (2nd in league) for 913 yards (3rd in league).

Starting with the Chiefs opening drive on 3rd and 3 from the Oakland seven yard line the defense got the stop they needed to force a field goal. However, Benson Mayowa was flagged for offsides. The Chiefs were given another chance and cashed in as Patrick Mahomes hooked up with Darrell Williams for a 3-yard touchdown.

Midway through the second quarter with the score still 7-0, the Chiefs engineered a second scoring drive that was aided by a defensive holding penalty on 3rd and 11. Again, the defense would have forced a field goal, but a holding call gave Mahomes a fresh set of downs. Two plays later, Mahomes would run it in from 13 yards out.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Tahir Whitehead being flagged twice on the same play, a 3rd and 11. Whitehead jumped offside and then decided to pick up an unnecessary roughness call, knocking Mahomes to the ground for no reason. The Chiefs ended up getting a field goal.

And the back breaker was Trayvon Mullen’s interception in the endzone on 3rd and 8 that was overturned by replay officials in New York. The play was not flagged on the field, but the Chiefs were granted an automatic first down. The next play, LeSean McCoy scored from 3-yards out.

Wide receiver position

It wasn’t pretty for anyone involved in the aerial attack unless your name was Darren Waller. The trio of Zay Jones, Keelan Doss, and Tyrell Williams caught 4 balls for 34 yards on 8 targets.

Hunter Renfrow was developing into Carr’s security blanket, especially on third downs. His absence was missed greatly on Sunday.

The issue with the receivers is there isn’t anyone that puts fear in defenses. Tyrell Williams is clearly not capable of being a No. 1 option, Zay Jones was brought in a few weeks ago, and Keelan Doss has been inactive most weeks.