I know I went with a quarterback last week as well, but there is no denying that Derek Carr is playing some of the best football of his career to start the season and needs to be contained if Miami wants a chance of winning.
Carr is currently at the top of the NFL’s leader board in yardage and has been able to connect with receivers for 4 scores in two games (stats courtesy of ESPN.com). Carr has looked accurate and decisive in his throws and his receivers are finally playing at a high enough level to help him out. Overall, Carr looks more like he did at the beginning of his career when everyone thought the Raiders were going to be a perennial playoff contender than he has during his first few seasons under Jon Gruden.
Of course, similarly to just about every quarterback in the league, there are ways to beat him and Miami’s defense is coming off of a game where they played much better than the score and state line indicate.
Last week, until the defense broke down, Miami did a great job containing Buffalo’s Josh Allen. Even though the Bills put up 35 points, Allen himself had a very poor day and that is in part due to a solid pass rush that keeps consistent pressure on the young quarterback and great secondary play to take away Buffalo’s deep threats. If Miami can do the same thing against Carr and the Raiders on Sunday, they will be in line to win this one.