Second-year quarterback Derek Carr was unable to get the Oakland Raiders offense clicking again when the team went to Detroit to take on the Lions.
The Raiders entered the game not scoring a touchdown in the final half against the Minnesota Vikings last year, and that stretch continued for another half. Carr was able to get the Raiders into the end zone on the first drive of the second half, ending the 66-minute touchdown drought by the Raiders offense.
The Raiders did take a 13-9 lead with two field goals, but they were drives that the team needed to finish by getting into the end zone. Instead, it left the door open for the Lions to ultimately win the game.
It was an ugly game for Carr, who finished the first half with just 57 passing yards. The young quarterback was better in the second half, but still only finished with 169 passing yards and no touchdowns.
But it wasn’t all Carr’s fault. The offensive line struggled to open up any running lanes for the Raiders running backs, who finished with just 50 yards of total rushing. The Lions were allowing 124 rushing yards per game, coming into Sunday’s contest.
Drops were an even bigger damper for Carr, who saw his wide receivers struggle to haul in his passes. Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper was the biggest culprit, dropping two passes in the game and finishing with just one catch for four yards on the day.
Coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offense will face another tough task next week when the team goes on the road to take on the Tennessee Titans, a team that is allowing just 324.3 yards per game (5th in the NFL).