Bears in London week five
Most people will be focusing on the Raiders facing Khalil Mack. But that’s more about Mack getting his revenge. Derek Carr doesn’t want any part of that. He and Mack had a great relationship and now he is facing the possibility of being terrorized by his former draft classmate. But that’s for another piece. This revenge is about something else.
This will be the third time Derek Carr has played in London in his career. The first two were terrible experiences for him and the Raiders. He and Mack were the rookie stars on this team in 2014 when the Raiders first played a game across the pond. Carr would be injured in the game and was replaced by Matt McGloin (seems like a theme) and the Raiders would get embarrassed 38-14 by the Dolphins.
Last year the Raiders returned to London. This time without Khalil Mack, but with a similar result. Carr wouldn’t be injured in this game. At least not physically. But the Raiders were laughed out of London 27-3 to the Seahawks.
It was one of Derek Carr’s worst games of the season and it was in front of 90,000 fans on a world stage. He threw for 142 yards with no touchdowns and was sacked six times. That’s not really the lasting impression he wanted to leave while the Raiders are actively trying to build and maintain their fan presence overseas.
That game wasn’t just demoralizing for Carr, it was the backbreaker for the Raiders season. They officially packed it in and began looking long term. Amari Cooper was traded, Karl Joseph was rumored to be on the trade block, Marshawn Lynch was placed in injured reserve, and Bruce Irvin was waived.
Up to this point the Raiders have been an international embarrassment. Derek Carr will be tasked with trying to turn that perception around in what figures to be their final game in London for a long time.
An added bonus to this would be hoping to hand the Bears another loss which could affect the first round draft pick the Raiders get as part of the trade they made to send Mack to Chicago.