Raiders’ Carr looks to con­tinue suc­cess

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Josh Dubow

alameda, calif.» Derek Carr’s first NFL win came against Kansas City af­ter 10 straight losses to be­gin his ca­reer.

Since then, Carr and the Oak­land Raiders haven’t had nearly as much suc­cess against the Chiefs.

Carr will look to end Oak­land’s four-game los­ing streak to the Chiefs when the Raiders visit Kansas City on Thurs­day night in a game that could de­ter­mine the win­ner of the AFC West.

“To be hon­est, it’s the ‘Ground­hog Day’ thing,” Carr said. “Ev­ery­one asks, ‘They’ve beaten you this many times,’ and these things and all of that. When I’m pre­par­ing for these guys, it never goes through my head. That stuff never has a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor on any­thing I write down, any­thing that goes on in my brain or any­thing like that. I just pre­pare for them just like I do any other game.”

While the prepa­ra­tion might be the same, the re­sults haven’t been for Carr against the Chiefs. He has com­pleted just 58 per­cent of his passes in five starts against the Chiefs for 219.6 yards per game, six touch­downs, five in­ter­cep­tions and a 72.0 passer rat­ing. Those num­bers are far be­low his ca­reer av­er­ages.

Carr will have to do bet­ter if the Raiders want to take con­trol of the tightly packed di­vi­sion race with a win, mov­ing two games up with three to go. A loss would leave Kansas City and Oak­land tied with the Chiefs own­ing the tiebreaker by virtue of sweep­ing the sea­son se­ries. Den­ver goes into the week­end two games be­hind Oak­land.

“It just shows how good our di­vi­sion is,” Carr said. “I think it’s a cool thing to be hon­est. I think it’s awe­some. Com­pe­ti­tion brings the best out of ev­ery­body. It’s been like that all year. We’ve all been right there with each other and we’ve all been push­ing each other.”

Af­ter lead­ing the late touch­down drive to beat Kansas City at home on a Thurs­day night in 2014 for his first win in his 11th ca­reer start, Carr has come up short against Kansas City.

He couldn’t get Oak­land in the end zone un­til the clos­ing minute of a 31-13 loss in his se­cond meet­ing in 2014. Crit­i­cal mis­takes have done him in since then.

Carr threw three fourthquar­ter in­ter­cep­tions in the first meet­ing last year, in­clud­ing one re­turned for a touch­down, to set up three TDs for Kansas City in a 3420 Oak­land loss at home. He was in­ter­cepted again in a loss at Kansas City to end the 2015 sea­son.

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