The Oakland Raiders were flying high entering their Week 3 matchup versus the Washington Redskins. Oakland had followed up on their preseason hype with two convincing wins to start the 2017 NFL season.
Unfortunately, the Raiders came crashing back down to Earth after a 10-27 thrashing at the hands of the Redskins on Sunday Night Football. Oakland simply could not get anything going for themselves on either side of the ball.
However, quarterback Derek Carr says he deserves the blame for his team’s embarrassing loss on primetime television, according to Jerry McDonald of The Mercury News:
“When something like this happens, it’s my fault,” Carr said. “Everyone wants to pat you on the back when you win as a quarterback, then go ahead and put this all on me. I’ll be all right.”
Among the terrible performances on Sunday night, Carr’s outing was perhaps the most glaring. The fourth-year quarterback finished just 19-of-31 passes for 118 yards and two interceptions. His lone touchdown on the day came after Washington muffed a punt near their own end zone.
While Carr’s play may have been disappointing, it is encouraging to see the young franchise player hold himself accountable for the team’s performance. Fortunately, it is still early in the season and Carr’s leadership will hopefully help this team bounce back into the offensive juggernaut they were projected to be.